Chefs for ambassadors will compete on Embassy Row

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She wouldn’t elaborate on what she would be cooking but promised it would be “finger-lickin’ good.”

Mr. Bates, 36, said he will be showcasing lamb.

“I’m hopeful the food will speak for itself,” he said.

For chefs in a transient city like the District, an endless supply of cultural influences and welcoming palates means “there’s a lot more interest and appreciation for good food,” he said.

Ms. Rahn agreed, saying, “This is a diplomatic community that’s now seeing the importance of showcasing their country’s culture and people, through food.”

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