North Korea’s first pizzeria has opened in the capital city of Pyongyang. The initiative was started by Kim Jong-il and his tastes for fine dining.
Chefs were sent to Italy for culinary training in order to bring “the worlds best foods”, according to Kim, to North Korea.
Unfortunately many people in this closed off communist state live in poverty and rely solely on food aid. The wealthy however can afford a more luxurious life style, and thus fine dining. The famine stricken country has lost over 2 million of its own as a result of food shortages since the 1990s.
The restaurants Chef, Kim Sang-soon, is working closely with Kim to insure the restaurant lives up to the visions of the ruler. The restaurant imports all of its supplies, specifically flour, butter and cheese from Italy, and has been very busy since its opening in December.
One of the restaurants recent customers, Jong Un-suk said “I knew well from television and publications that pizza and spaghetti are world famous food, but it is the first time that I’ve tasted it”.
In addition to this new restaurant, the capital city of Pyongyang already has a successful friend chicken outlet as well.
The nation is one based on inward policy and isolationism, and while it would never reach out politically, this new idea of reaching out for food brings many new questions.Can other nations, such as the U.S. take advantage of this obsession of food Mr. Kim has in order to establish new political relations?
Could you imagine Obama sending Kim a Shark Fin Cou in exchange for recessed nuclear programs? Of course not, but it’s fun to think about!