Abe offended by Israeli chef's serving of dessert in shoe

Abe offended by Israeli chef's serving of dessert in shoe

Abe offended by Israeli chef's serving of dessert in shoe

Whether intentionally or unintentionally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have made a faux paux of sort when his renowned and creative chef served visiting Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with desert dishes in a shoe on last week May 2. The story goes like this: Abe and his wife, Akie, show up at the home of Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, to enjoy a complex meal catered by Israeli celebrity chef Segev Moshe. Not only do they not wear shoes at home, you also won't find shoes in their offices, ' a senior Israeli official told Yediot Aharonot.

An expert in Japan-Middle East relations suggested the shoe dessert may have constituted Israel's undercover insult to show disappointment in Japan's policy in the Middle East, which traditionally has supported Palestinian rights and United Nations resolutions to end the Israeli Occupation.

Now, this would be considered grotesque in any world culture, but to present food in a shoe to the leader of a country that is famous for table etiquettes is just a huge error in judgment by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or whoever approved of the dessert. "What precisely was this illustrious chef Segev thinking?" the diplomat said, according to the Jerusalem Post. Moshe cooked up a chocolate praline dessert served in two pairs of men's black brogues.

Yediot Aharonot, a popular Israeli newspaper, on Monday reported that "Japanese diplomats, Israeli Foreign Ministry officials and high-ranking Israeli diplomats who previously served in Japan were shocked by the idea".

Israeli Foreign Ministry washed its hands off the decision to serve desserts in an offending way. "It is equivalent to serving a Jewish guest chocolates in a dish shaped like a pig", the diplomat said.

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The statement later added: "We have the utmost respect for the Japanese prime minister". Never, ever, serve anything to the Japanese in a shoe!

The Times of Israel described an author and TV personality who's close to the celebrity chef as saying the shoes were metal sculptures.

His Instagram account reveals that he has also served United States president Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump during their Israel visit.

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

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