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The endorsement is seen as worldwide recognition of Macao and its more than 400-year old culinary legacy - said to be the world’s earliest form of fusion food. The enclave has influences from China to Portugal and India.
In 2017, Macao was home to two of the restaurants in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list: Jade Dragon at No.32 and The Tasting Room at No.39.
“Such endorsement will also provide a favourable platform for food traditions to continuously thrive,” said Helen Wong, general manager of the Macao Government Tourism Office Australia and New Zealand.
“This is exciting news for Macao and its cultural importance to gastronomy, and to everyone involved in the creation of the many mouth-watering menus and dining options offered throughout the former Portuguese enclave,” she said.
Other Creative Cities of Gastronomy include: Chengdu and Shunde (China), Belém and Florianopolis (Brazil), Popayán (Colombia), Rasht (Iran), Parma (Italy), Zahlé (Lebanon), Ensenada (Mexico), Bergen (Norway), Jeonju (South Korea), Tsuruoka (Japan), Dénia and Burgos (Spain), Östersund (Sweden), Phuket (Thailand), Gaziantep (Turkey) and Tucson (USA).
Macao was among eight cities to be newly designated. The others were Alba (Italy), Buenaventura (Colombia), Cochabamba (Bolivia), Hatay (Turkey), Panama City (Panama), Paraty (Brazil) and San Antonio (USA).