Conversation Kitchen: Chopped Virtual Cooking Contest

Conversation Kitchen: Chopped Virtual Cooking Contest

Calling all students, staff, and faculty! Do you like being creative and want to challenge your cooking skills by using 4 mystery ingredients? Join us in this virtual cooking challenge!

Registration for non-participating chefs is available here:

Dr. Sei Lee-moderator
Dr, Sei Lee is a Counselor/Coordinator for the International Student Excellence Programs and a research affiliate for the Program in Academic English at UCI. Her research focuses on literacy development and the college experience of multilingual students and the issues around biases/stereotypes of this population of students. Sei graduated from Claremont Graduate University and earned her PhD in Higher Education. She has previously taught in the Program in Academic English and Composition Program at UCI for the past five years. She is interested in and very passionate about helping multilingual students with all aspects of their experience in the US. As a bilingual herself, she hopes to make each student included and engaged in the campus community irrespective of their language and cultural backgrounds.

Jessica VanRoo- Judge
Jessica is the Director of Culinary Education at UCI where she teaches culinary classes to students, staff, and other corporate clients. Jessica is also spearheading the discussion of food on the UCI campus through “Conversation Kitchen,” as well as Illuminations “Cooking with the Professors,” programs. Recently Jessica has also helped develop the Culinary Medicine Curriculum on UCI campus that is taught to medical students. She is currently developing advanced culinary courses for young learners and the public.

Prof. Yong Chen-Judge
Prof. Yong Chen (History) is the author of Chop Suey USA. He has done extensive research on the intersection of contemporary Sino-American economic and cultural interactions. He has given public lectures at business schools in the U.S. and China and worked with numerous transnational corporations, such as IFC of the World Bank and Haier. His long-standing research on food in American culture has received much attention and recognition across the nation.

Prof. Julia Lupton – Judge
Prof. Julia Lupton is faculty director of Illuminations and professor of English. She is a long-time supporter of cooking programs at UCI, including Cooking with the Professor and Conversation Kitchen.

Maryam Hassani – Judge
Maryam Hassani is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science. She won the Winter Chopped Cooking Challenge in the graduate student category, for her Persian-style rice with bloody fish and crisps on the side. 

Sponsored by UCI International Student Excellence Programs, UCI Illuminations, and Anteater Test Kitchen. 

Event Details

  • When: Tuesday, May 11, 5 p.m..
  • Where: UCI chefs! Registration is now open for the Spring edition of Chopped. Please register to learn the 4 mystery ingredients and participate in our cooking challenge.
  • Organizer: Sei Young Lee (email)
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