Panelists: Helen Chen, Debra Samuels and Shailini Sisodia Moderaters: Grace Ou and Shireen Kumar
The recipient of the Japan Society of Boston’s 2020, “John E. Thayer III Award,” for outstanding contributions to the progress of the understanding and friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. She was a food writer and contributor to the Food Section of The Boston Globe and has authored two cookbooks: “My Japanese Table,” and “The Korean Table.” She has lived in Japan, all together, for 12 years and specializes in Japanese cuisine. She travels around the country and abroad teaching hands-on workshops on obento, the Japanese lunchbox. During Covid 19 she is teaching live online cooking programs to youth and adults.
Helen Chen is the founder of Helen’s Asian Kitchen, a widely distributed Asian cookware line, and the author of Helen Chen’s Chinese Home Cooking, Peking Cuisine, Easy Chinese Stir-Fries and Easy Asian Noodles. Her mother, Joyce Chen, was a pioneering Chinese restaurateur and entrepreneur. In her active role as a teacher and educator, Helen teaches in numerous cooking schools across the country.
She has a true passion for cooking, and teaching her recipes to those around her. Shailini has taught multiple classes in the Boston area, including at the prestigious Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Kitchen and Boston Public Market, as well as with several cooking nonprofits.
Organized by Lexington AAPI Youth Team, Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL), and Cary Library; Funded by Community Endowment of Lexington, Mass Cultural Council, and Civic Leadership Academy; Co-sponsored by Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL), Japanese Support Group of Lexington (JPLex), and Korean American Organization of Lexington (KOLex).