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Culinary Comedy: Pop-up performance of The Cooking Show at Reading Terminal


Performance artist and playwright Robert Karimi | Image by Jeffery MachtigFor performance artist and playwright Robert Karimi, preventing the growth of the Type 2 diabetes begins with culinary comedy. Joining humor with music, documentary-style video, storytelling, political discussion and live cooking, Karimi’s The Cooking Show engages and educates communities on how their cultural cuisines, stories and rituals are important to developing a healthy lifestyle. The show is hosted by Karimi’s culinary alter-ego, the Iranian-Guatemalan Chef Mero Cocinero Karimi, who for 13 years has advocated for healthy communities through cooking show-style performances.

The Asian Arts Initiative is hosting Karimi in Philadelphia this week, during which he’ll put on a series of youth workshops, performances and a family style open mic night. The full performances will include a meal and audiences will be invited to help prepare the recipes that evening.

Catch a preview of The Cooking Show tomorrow, May 15 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Reading Terminal Market. Chef Maro Cocinero Karimi will be there, serving up a free performance and some food samples.  

For more information on Karimi’s performances and to buy tickets, visit

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