Rabbi — and Chopped chef — will talk about food on Zoom
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Rabbi — and Chopped chef — will talk about food on Zoom

Rabbi Hanoch Hecht with Ted Allen 
on “Chopped” (Courtesy Chabad)
Rabbi Hanoch Hecht with Ted Allen on “Chopped” (Courtesy Chabad)

Chabad of West Orange, Chabad at Short Hills, the Chabad Center of Passaic County, and Chabad of Kendall, Fla., join for “The Kabbalah of Food,” a Zoom presentation on February 11 at 7:30 p.m. Hanoch Hecht, a New York rabbi, author, and chef, who was a semi-finalist on “Chopped,” will share stories, insights, and a favorite recipe from his new book, “A Kabbalah of Food: Stories, Teachings and Recipes.”

Rabbi Hecht was the first rabbi to appear on the Food Network’s “Chopped.” He competes with a priest, a nun-in-training, and a pastor in the episode titled “Leap of Faith.” He’s made latkes on “Good Day New York” and taught kosher cooking at the Culinary Institute of America. His love of cooking developed when he was an unruly student, sent out of the classroom and into detention with the school’s cook, who shared many cooking preparations. Now, he cooks with his own seven children.

“Rabbi Hecht will entertain, educate, and captivate you with his culinary creativity, talent, humor, huge smile, and boundless energy!” Altie Kasowitz, co-director of Chabad of West Orange, said. “And we are proud to be joining three sister Chabad Houses for this exciting project.”

It costs $15 per family to watch the presentation, and Rabbi Hecht’s new book is included with registration. Register at altie@chabadwestorange.com, Cdsolomon@chabadatshorthills.org, or chanig@optonlne.net.

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