Japanese PM stumbles over dessert served in shoe


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has found it highly disrespectful that he was served desserts in shoes during a meal with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week.

The Israeli Prime Minister was dining Mr Abe and his wife Akie at his residence in Jerusalem with a meal prepared by celebrity chef Segev Moshe. Not only do they not enter their homes with shoes on, you won't find shoes in offices, either.

The chef's publicist launched a press release saying the dessert was displayed in a "high-quality piece of artwork fabricated from forged steel within the form of a shoe; it's not an actual shoe".

In a photo shared on Moshe's Instagram page the shoes can be seen laid on placemats on the table as the Prime Ministers and their wives pose for the camera, apparently unperturbed by the cultural faux pas.

"What precisely was this illustrious chef Segev thinking?"

In a statement, the chef published after the scandal, said that the specially designed in honor of the Japanese Prime Minister, the dessert was served in the utensils of metal in the shape of shoes, not in these shoes.

And this metal shoe wasn't just inside the home, it was on top of the dinner table, filled with chocolate pralines, The Washington Post reported.

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"Japanese diplomats, Israeli Foreign Ministry officials and high-ranking Israeli diplomats who previously served in Japan were shocked by the idea", wrote Israel's popular daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot.

"This was an insensitive decision", a senior Israeli official, who was not named, told the paper.

"It is equivalent to serving a Jewish guest chocolates in a dish shaped like a pig".

The occasion was to mark the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Israel. Never, ever, serve anything to the Japanese in a shoe! If it is humor then we don't think it is amusing. "The desert was served inside a sculpture by the global artist Tom Dixon that's on display in the world's most important museums.This was an object of art made of a metal cast in the shape of a shoe, and not a real shoe, of course".

Some of Segev's Instagram's followers weren't supportive of the chef's recent art.

Segev's creative flair was displayed in May 2017 when he President Donald Trump visited Israel and was presented with a dessert that featured his' and Netanyahu's silhouettes, but this time he took it a little too far.