Israel's dessert in shoe for Abe draws lashing

Israel's dessert in shoe for Abe draws lashing

Israel's dessert in shoe for Abe draws lashing

Japanese leader Shinzo Abe and his wife were dished up dessert in a shoe during dinner at the Israeli prime minister's residence.The culturally offensive move has been slammed by diplomats from both countries.

The Israeli Prime Minister was dining Mr Abe and his wife Akie at his residence in Jerusalem with a meal prepared by celebrity chef Segev Moshe. "If it was humor, we don't suppose it's humorous; we had been offended on behalf of our prime minister", a Japanese diplomat, who was not named, advised Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot.

A huge online backlash followed when Abe and his wife were presented a dessert in a shoe. "Even the prime minister, ministers and members of parliament do not wear shoes to work", the diplomat was quoted as saying.

"What exactly did the illustrious chef Segev think to himself?"

There are many theories circulating about what possible meaning the shoes could have been meant to convey, however even if one assumes the gesture was one made out of complete ignorance, the diplomatic slight remains.

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And this metal shoe wasn't just inside the home, it was on top of the dinner table, filled with chocolate pralines, The Washington Post reported.

On Monday evening, may 7, the office of the head of government sent the media a comment about the unfortunate incident that occurred during the reception of the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe in Jerusalem. "This is disrespect of the first order", the paper said. A spokesperson for Mr. Segev released a statement describing him as an "especially creative chef" offering "extraordinary culinary experiences". "I can tell you that we are offended for our prime minister", a Japanese diplomat told Yedioth Aharonot.

A source close to the chef stressed that the dessert was not served in a real shoe but rather in leather-looking metal sculptures forged by industrial designer Tom Dixon. "It's like serving a Jewish guest chocolate inside a dish shaped like a pig".

A year ago, he created edible chesspieces as part of the dessert for the Netanyahus, President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during a formal dinner. "We have the utmost respect for the Japanese prime minister".

However, Segev Moshe's followers believed the chef should have done his homework before preparing for the meal.


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