Missouri Western’s International Student Services and Residence Hall Association sponsored the second annual International Cooking Class. Cooks, Isabelle Hannson and Maria Martens taught individuals how to make Swedish meatballs at the kitchen commons.
Program Coordinator and student Charity Page has helped with the previous cooking class and believed that it’s not the numbers of attendees that matters but the experience.
“There were a fewer bunch of people this time, I think it’s because our poster has been up for awhile, I still think it was a fun class,” Page said. “I think what makes the class successful is the students teaching and really getting people engaged.”
Page also thinks that the cooking courses helps getting international students out of their shells.
“My favorite moments at this month’s International Cooking class would be the student’s excitement because I think it makes it real easy to make students excited,” Page said. “As international students it’s hard because international students take school a lot more serious. It’s hard for them to get really excited or share something about themselves to other students here.”
Additionally, the event taught practical skills.
“The point of this program is to provide a community for students to take on campus because a lot of people microwave food, it’s something that people can do and learn about someone else’s culture,” Page said.
Maria Martens, an international student from Sweden, helped teach students how to prepare traditional meatballs.
“The meatballs in Sweden is a very kind of average meal, we eat it like once or twice a week and some families cook them like me and Isabelle did, but it’s also for families to go buy them,” Martens said. “More often we cook them like we use recipes for homemade meatballs.”
Freshman Christian Sarna attended International Cooking Class’s second event– and his favorite part of the event was expanding his culinary horizon.
“[My favorite thing was] getting to try new things like things they don’t serve on campus cause we’re kind of limited in our options here and since I live here on campus I eat on campus all the time,” Sarna said. “I really liked, I thought the food was really good, I liked how they’re trying to have things that are fairly easy to make with a limited kitchen that we have here,” Sarna said.