The “Pulses Meals Exhibition and Lunch Organisation” held on 23rd January, 2016 by Mersin Commodity Exchange in cooperation with TAŞPAKON (Confederation of all chefs and pastry chefs ) for the honour of IYP-International Pulses Year 2016 drew great interest.

Participants of the organisation were, Mersin Governor Özdemir Çakacak, Canadian Ambassador John Holmes, Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Burhanettin Kocamaz, high-ranking and related bureaucrats, representives of non-governmental organizations,  movers and shakers of Pulses and employees of sector.

Both the best 20 chefs from all around Turkey ( Istanbul, Ankara, Van, Erzurum, Elazığ, Kütahya, Adana, Antalya etc.) and 6 chefs from Mersin prepared 120 pulses meals, hand in glove, and this was a first in the

There were traditional, regional, innovative meals in the Pulses Meals Exhibition, while all the visitors showed great interest to the exhibition.

After the Exhibition, all participants and also visitors were served a lunch consisting of pulse-based meals.

During the lunch the Chairman of Mersin Commodity Exchange, Ö.Abdullah Özdemir, The Chairman of GPC- Global Pulse Confederation Hüseyin Arslan, Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Burhanettin Kocamaz, Canada Ambassador John Holmes and Mersin Governor Özdemir Çakacak gave a speech .

The presenter of the organisation Wilco Van Herpen (journalist writing in Hürriyet Daily News, a producer
and gourmet chef) expressed his self by saying “I’ve been to various organizations up to today, but I‘m so
glad to be here now. This organisation is one of the best one’s I‘ve ever seen. It’s so interesting, because it is about agriculture, it is about business, it’s about flavor, it’s about aesthetic”.

The Chairman of Mersin Commodity Exchang, Ö. Abdullah Özdemir, expressed that all meals as part of The Pulses Meals Exhibition will share recipes on the website of the Commodity Exchange. They will also prepare a recipe book consisting of the mentioned Pulses Meals.

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