Words by Michaela Mazure, Photos by Michaela Mazure and Jay Patruno
Whether it’s teaching Occupational Therapy classes, leading international service delegations for People For People, or co-hosting her local television show, Sargent College Clinical Professor Dr. Karen Jacobs never fails to keep herself busy. Yet despite her jam-packed schedule, she always makes sure to leave her Wednesday nights open to run the Sargent Choice Test Kitchen.
In a nondescript corner of Cambridge on October 18th, a steady stream of people carrying stacks of trays, mysterious steaming containers, and overstuffed bags of kitchen equipment began filing into the Dante Alighieri Italian Cultural Center at half-past-five. The group, consisting mainly of local students, also including some hardcore Italian chefs (and a Frenchman in suspenders), convened on this Saturday evening to participate in a curious display of culinary prowess and culture in the annual International Students’ Cooking Competition, hosted by Cookradar.com.