Italian Trade Commission – Christopher Browner

“After graduating from Columbia University last May, I quickly put my Italian-language skills, and much of what I learned about the Italy (and it’s iconic cuisine), to use when I joined the Food and Wine Sector at the Italian Trade Commission office in New York. In my role as an Assistant Marketing/ Promotions Officer, I juggled a number of tasks in the promotion of authentic, high-quality Italian food and wine products. I wrote content for the online promotional campaign The Extraordinary Italian Taste, helped organize trade shows and cooking demonstrations/tastings for  culinary students, and managed the office’s internal reports of commodity import statistics. Everyday on the job, I spoke Italian with my colleagues and regularly translated documents – such as contracts, presentations, and correspondence – from Italian into English. My time studying abroad in Italy, especially in the culinary capital that is Bologna, allowed me to speak all about the quality and taste of such exquisite products as Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, Prosciutto di Parma DOP, and Pomodori San Marzano DOP, among many others! Who could have guessed that just a year after touring a Parmigiano Reggiano DOP cheese factory and tasting Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP in a family-run acetaia in Modena that I would be presenting these products to American consumers. Unfortunately, my time at the Commission was rather short-lived, as I recently accepted a position as an Associate Editor at the Metropolitan Opera. And while I may not be surrounded by the best Italian food and wine everyday, I now get to work with some of the best Italian music ever written!”

Christopher Browner
(BCSP Spring 2015, Columbia University)