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Unity Walk 2020 Cooking Workshops

Food is used across all religions as a way to celebrate culture, mark traditions and practice rituals. In this series of workshops. you will not only learn new recipes, you will also learn about the contexts in which they are prepared and the role they play in the faith practices of our workshop leaders.*

You are invited to sign up for as many workshops as you wish! (Please note, you must register for the walk in order to attend any of the workshops. We request that you sign up for workshops ahead of the walk.)**
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*These workshops are meant as an introduction to specific faiths through dishes that have special meaning to the chefs. They are not meant to encompass the full variety of cuisines eaten by practioners of that faith community.

**All workshops will be recorded and available to Unity Walk participants after the walk is over.

Workshop Leaders

Br. Andrew Corriente is a Capuchin Franciscan friar within the Catholic Church. He lives a life of prayer and service to the poor and is currently studying for the priesthood. During his free time, he cooks and bakes for the 30 friars he lives with. He recently won Season 5 of the Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition. (1:30-2pm)

Semiha Biyik is from Turkey. After finishing the university, she moved to Myanmar and worked there as a teacher for 4 years. In 2019, she started a job at Pinnacle Academy, in Virgina which she loves. She has led past cooking workshops in connection with the American Turkish Friendship Foundation. (2-2:30pm)


Kumar Iyer is a professional Chef and owner of award-winning restaurant, Rangoli in Manassas, VA. He has a culinary degree from the Institute of Hotel Management, India and has over 28 years experience in the Industry. Formerly a Food Manager aboard luxury cruise liners with Royal Caribbean International LLC, and a General Manager with T.G.I.Fridays, Kumar Iyer has worked in many kitchens and worked with varied cuisine. ‘Rangoli’, in business since 2005, is a flagbearer for his culinary skills. He has hosted several cooking classes for aspiring chefs and recently hosted a ‘cook along’ over Zoom with over 140 participants. (2:30-3pm)

Susan Barocas is a writer, cook, teacher and speaker with a passion for healthy cooking, reducing food waste in the kitchen and Jewish cuisines, history and culture. Founding director of the innovative Jewish Food Experience, she served as the guest chef for three of President Obama’s White House Seders. Susan is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier international culinary society. (3-3:30pm)

Harvi Singh Shergill is a Rising Sophomore at The George Washington University studying Biomedical Engineering. Growing up in the Sikh faith, Harvi actively participates in service projects and has recently been packing over 100,000 lbs of dry rice and beans for those in need. (3:30-4pm)

Joraver Singh is serving as a Priest at The Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, Rockville. Growing up in the Sikh faith, Joraver avidly participates in community service where ever he can and has recently been packing over 100,000 lbs of dry rice, beans and lentils for those in need. (3:30-4pm)

Catherine Maresca is a Catholic who grew up with the rhythms of feasts and fasts in observance of Christmas, Easter, Lent, and other holy days, as well as the central signs of the bread and wine of Sunday Eucharist. She directs the Center for Children and Theology, exploring and supporting the spirituality of children, and is slowly developing Hands on Faith, an experiential introduction to the world’s religions for children ages 9+. (4-4:30pm)


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