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Confucius was also a ‘gourmet’

The descendants of ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius are endeavouring to preserve and popularise the family’s cuisine, as they believe his culinary thinking is largely ignored. ‘Confucius was a great thinker and educator, but he was also undoubtedly a gourmet,’ said Kong Deban, a 77th-generation descendant of Confucius and resident of Qufu - Confucius’s birthplace - in east China’s Shandong province.

‘Some of his ideas regarding food and diets have played a significant role in the forming and development of Chinese food culture,’ Xinhua quoted Kong as saying. The family’s cuisine was included as part of China’s national intangible cultural heritage in June 2011. Kong said the family’s cuisine developed as a result of frequent visits by emperors.
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