Cooking For Regional Peace
  The Word of Chef Sarkis Yacoubian

Knives and sharp instruments do not necessarily have to destroy

They can also create

 The beginning of the last century marked the death of millions of Armenians, who were brutally massacred by the Ottomans. My family had to flee their homeland in order to survive and it is because they were able to escape the terrors that awaited them in their village and were able to come to the Middle East that I am here today.
 Because of the bloody and unresolved heritage, which  I share with all Armenians, and because of the life which I have led amongst Palestinians and Israelis in this land, I am fully aware of the consequences such harsh antagonisms have on the human spirit. Throughout the years of having to watch hatred, terror and unnecessary killings control the daily headlines, I became resolved to show to those that seem to have a personal gain in keeping these antagonisms afire and by so ripping this land in two, that hatred CAN be replaced by love and antagonism CAN be replaced by cooperation. If the politicians were really committed to their purpose, Peace may have been quite easily achieved: unfortunately our harsh reality shows us otherwise.

Thinking, knowing and believing that living in peace may be the easiest thing to achieve, I embarked on my mission to gather an elite group of people from both nations who will be able to prove that peace is a handshake away.

  This group of Chefs proved on the seventeenth of December 2009 that knives and sharp instruments do not necessarily have to destroy: they can also create.

 I sincerely hope that the first step which I took, alongside others who share my same beliefs, will serve as a wake-up call for the leaders of today: the controls are in their hands; all they have to do is push the right buttons.

       Chef Sarkis Yacoubian      
Coordinator Arabic Sector ICC

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