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    Date submitted
  • 21-Oct-2017

Kitchen Connection

Abstract

Kitchen Connection is an online community where chefs and lay food lovers can host or participate in online and interactive cooking classes. The hosts of the classes (connections) can be paid, or choose to donate some or all of the funds from the class to the partner charity, Action Against Hunger and most recently, Whole Food's Whole Planet Foundation. 

We focus on one country every month, and in 2018, we are focusing on countries that are the focus of the UN Together Campaign, with specific attention drawn to the implementation of the SDGs. We normally host an event at Whole Foods, educational institutions and the United Nations. Some examples of our events include: Greek Month, Peru Month — both with the Greek and Peruvian trade commissioners/consuls in attendance, and most recently at the French Embassy, where we hosted students to learn French through an interactive online cooking experience. 

Our most recent event took place at the NYU Steinhardt kitchen, connecting us to a chef in India and another “student” in Paris.  Together, we made samosas. It was filmed as part of a James Beard Special, which will air in November and December on ABC. In the meantime, the UN DPI shared our event on their social media:  https://www.facebook.com/UNDPINGO/posts/1445550455526230

We operate on two pillars: 1. Live in a Hunger-Free World: The hosts of the classes (connections) can be paid, or choose to donate some or all of the funds from the class to the partner charity, Action Against Hunger and most recently, Whole Food's Whole Planet Foundation, promoting our core value: “I’m Eating — You’re Eating — And Because We’re Eating Together, Someone Else is Eating, Too” 2. Promote “Gastrodiplomacy” : in the overarching climate of cultural misunderstandings and misrepresentations, Kitchen Connection is combatting this by connecting people to learn about each from each other through an online, interactive cooking experience that opens up deeper conversation.

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