Bompas & Parr — A deep dive into diplomatic dining

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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PUBLISHED Sep 21, 2022

The conversations we have while sharing a meal can be part of some of the most important of our lives. Look behind the scenes of major upheavals, wars and ideological disputes and you’ll often find a carefully crafted meal bringing the protagonists together.

Here, London-based creative studio Bompas & Parr take a closer look at “diplomatic dining” and explore the effect some of the most important meals in history have had on the world we live in. By venturing inside embassies and restaurants and consulting with serving diplomats, they lift the veil (or the tablecloth) on the toasts, roasts and what really goes on in the dining rooms of power.

“The combination of dinner with diplomatic intent imposes formality, grandeur, civility and sophistication—voices are lowered, and swords left at the door. ”
The power behind the plate and the underlying psychology of shared dining has been shown again and again to be an art form of the most exquisite nature. For centuries, the dining table has been recognized as a unique forum where negotiations can be fought, differences settled and relationships sealed.

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