Netanyahu puts wrong foot forward with shoe dessert for Abe

Chef Segev Moshe's shoe dessert

The diplomat cited by Israeli news agencies continued: "What exactly did the illustrious chef Segev think to himself?"

PM Abe took the weird presentation in stride while Japanese and Israeli diplomats and Japan watchers were traumatized that the Japanese prime minister would be served in a shoe.

There aren't that many cultures where putting a shoe on the dining room table is acceptable behaviour, but for the Japanese there is clear etiquette against allowing outdoor shoes inside. "I can tell you that we are offended for our prime minister", he said.

A senior Israel diplomat who had served in Japan told Yedioth decried the "dumb and insensitive decision".

A Japanese diplomat called it offensive and questioned what the meal, prepared by an Israeli celebrity chef, was trying to accomplish.

That presentation choice would seem freaky to an eater from just about any culture, but it was especially out of place in front of Netanyahu's Japanese guests, Abe and his wife, Akie. "Not only do they not enter their homes in shoes, you won't find any shoes in their bureaus".

Worth mention here Abe first visited Israel in 2015, the first Japanese prime minister to have done so. For that event, the superstar chef served the world leaders a artistic dessert formed within the heads of Trump and Netanyahu.

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"There is no culture in the world where you put shoes on a table", the unidentified diplomat told the Hebrew-language paper, according to the Times of Israel.

"While you cook dinner at a diplomatic meal, the minimal you are able to do is inquire in regards to the visitor". You know the names: Mitsubishi, Mitsui, and many others.

"Did you do this intentionally to insult the Japanese people?" There is nothing lowlier than a shoe in Japanese culture.

Despite vast backlash, the chef stood by his decision to serve food in a shoe.

Japanese officials were reportedly horrified after learning Abe was served the dessert by Israeli celebrity chef Segev Moshe inside the shoe, designed by artist Tom Dixon.

The chef's publicist released a statement saying the dessert was displayed in a "high-quality piece of art made of cast metal in the shape of a shoe; it is not a real shoe".

A year ago, he created edible chesspieces as part of the dessert for the Netanyahus, President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during a formal dinner.

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