Friday February 8, 5pm
Ehinger Center, Drew University
The Interfaith Chef Cookoff is a unique interfaith event that brings together people of varied faiths and heritage for the age-old tradition of breaking bread as a ritual of friendship, peace and bonding. The Interfaith Chef promotes inter-cultural sharing and dialogue over a community meal that features a set of presentations and performances, and the main event: a friendly cooking competition between Drew University student groups. The Interfaith Chef has multiple benefits:
-Bringing together large, inclusive groups, while expanding the reach and diversity of interfaith activities in the community
-Helping to cultivate future leaders among the present college students as they learn to engage the community by organizing a large-scale interfaith gathering
-Creating a fun, open, and dynamic learning environment that welcomes all people from the campus, the local community, and across the state.
The 2012 Cookoff drew over 60 Drew students and faculty to the Seminary Hall Atrium. Drew University’s Center on Religion Culture and Conflict (CRCC) Fellows organized the event, which was co-sponsored by twelve student clubs at Drew, including the Middle Eastern Students Association, Hillel, Russian club, Polish club, Asia Treehouse (Asian student club), and Ariel (Latin student club) among others. The event allowed the CRCC Fellows to raise nearly $400, which went toward aiding the people of Somalia people affected by drought. Cookoff judges have included the likes of Halal-foodie and restaurant reviewer, Sameer Sarmast of Sameer’s Eats and Elan Online Magazine founder, Moniza Kokhar.