International Cooking Classes come to Western

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Missouri Western’s International Student Services and Residence Hall Association developed International Cooking Classes for each first Monday of the month in the kitchen Commons. On Feb. 5, an international student cooked Chinese omelettes and learned more about the culture.

Charity Page,  student at Western and Program Assistant,  played a major role in the International Cooking Class.

“I was kind of in charge of planning the event and I just asked the students to send me what ingredients they needed us [ISS and RHA] to buy,” Page said.

She hopes more traditional students and international students become involved.

“What I do is come up with new events that I believe American students might like and international students might like to participate as well, making sure everything here was here, and having all the supplies and students who wanted to be involved,” Page said.

Isabelle Hannson, an international student at Western, attended International Cooking Class’s first event.

“I thought it was fun to see how easy it was to do, actually,” Hannson said.

Hannson enjoyed the Chinese omelette provided by International Cooking Classes.

“[I] definitely [enjoyed the Chinese omelette],” Hannson said. “The one that they [the international student made] which was much better. I really liked it! She was also good at showing us how [to cook a Chinese omelette].”

Jin Peng, a Chinese exchange instructor at Western, was also in attendance.

“This isn’t a traditional dish, but it’s easy for others to learn,” Peng said. “Chinese dishes are so diverse in the taste and style, but  this one might be the one that has a similar taste to a Boston style.”

Peng acknowledged the opportunity the International Cooking Classes brings to Western.

“I think it’s really a good opportunity seeing how it’s for the host to show their oaths, traditions and also an opportunity for others to learn,” Peng said.

Page provided a guide for each individual who went to the event that included the ingredients and the steps to cook a Chinese omelette if the individuals wanted to reference the steps for the meal so anyone can try it.  She’s also planning to provide a booklet for the next event as well.

International Cooking Classes provide culture, according to Page.

“If students were interested learning how to cook and stuff, maybe they want to learn how to cook something that’s more interesting, but easy,” Page said. “I thought it would be a nice program to have International Cooking Classes, with easy international dishes [while] international students could interact with them, as well as learning to make food on campus.”