Some 44 world leaders who are attending the 32nd NATO Summit in Madrid, enjoyed a unique dinner at the capital’s iconic Prado Museum, last night, Tuesday 29th June.
The dinner hosted by the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, and his wife, Begoña Gómez, is the first of its kind at the museum and allowed guests to enjoy the creative cuisine of Spanish chef José Andrés, as well as viewing some of the world’s greatest artwork such Spanish masters as Diego Velazquez and Francisco de Goya.
Andrés, who early in the invasion had organised food convoys to Ukraine is the founder of the World Central Kitchen (WCK), which provides healthy food supplies to victims of war and natural disasters, said the menu was “a tribute to all the ‘food fighters’, the Ukrainian cooks and volunteers who risk their lives every day to cook and bring food to people in war zones.”
The leaders were treated to a dinner consisting of a cod appetizer, followed by a lobster gazpacho starter, a main course of low-temperature lamb shoulder with lemon puree and for dessert, he served his own creation called ‘Flavours of Madrid’, where he combined anise from Chinchón with strawberries from Aranjuez, wafers and the typical violet candies.
The dinner was preceded by a live performance by the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra.
The Prado has the most complete collection of Spanish paintings from the 11th to 18th centuries, and numerous masterpieces by great painters such as “Las Meninas” by Velázquez, the “Two Majas” by Goya, “Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest” by El Greco, “The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch,” and “The Three Graces” by Rubens.
The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, who also signed an accord to twin Madrid and Kyiv as “sister cities” was also in attendance.