In Pictures: The 2013 Embassy Chef Challenge

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Chefs from the embassies of China, South Africa and more prepared traditional dishes.

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(Angela Haupt)

They spend their days preparing exotic meals for diplomats and heads of state. Their talents are rarely offered for public consumption.

They are Washington, D.C.’s embassy chefs.

Last week, foodies came together to tap into the city’s international culinary scene at the fifth annual Embassy Chef Challenge Gala. Chefs from the embassies of China, South Africa, Jamaica, Russia and Korea, among others, battled it out, before New Zealand was declared the night’s champion.

Here’s a sampling of what they served.

Next: People’s Republic of China


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