Cultural Competency: A Cooking Demo

(This webinar is sponsored by the Illinois Academy IDEA Committee)

Join us on Monday, November 6 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm via Zoom for a cooking demonstration where we dive into the rich and flavorful world of Indian cuisine. We will be focusing on the popular and delicious dish - samosas.

In this interactive demonstration, you will learn how to make samosas at home. We will explore the traditional Indian spices and techniques used to create these savory pastries. Expected cost of ingredients is $30-$35. A grocery list is provided below:

4 tbsp Olive oil (can be substituted for preferred oil)
10-12 small potatoes (yellow/white)
1 bag frozen pea and carrots (16 oz)
- 1 tsp Mustard seed
- 1 tsp Cumin seed
- 1-2 tsp Cumin
- 1-2 tsp Cayenne
- 2-3 tsp Turmeric
- 1-2 tsp Coriander
- 1-2 tsp Salt
1 pack of Wonton Wrappers
Premade Chutney (of your choice!!)

Registration link will be sent to members the end of October and early November. 

CPE Level: 1
CPEU: 1.5

6:30 PM – Introductions
6:40 PM – Cooking Demo Part 1: Prepping Ingredients

7:00 PM – Indian Culture and Foods - Presentation
7:20 PM – Cooking Demo Part 2: Assembly & Cooking
7:40 PM – Dinner & Questions
8:00 PM – Closing Statements

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the different cultural/religious variations that can exist within the Indian culture.
  • Learn to prepare samosas. 
  • Identify places to find resources to learn more about Indian culture and the different cuisines across the continent. 
Performance Indicators:
  • 1.7.5 Applies knowledge of cultural foods, religious traditions, eating patterns and food and nutrition trends.


Jade Hamann, MS, RDN

Jade graduated with a Masters in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Following graduation, Jade decided to peruse clinical nutrition at Decatur Memorial Hospital. While in the hospital, Jade sees a variety of patients from pediatric to adult patients. Her passion is advocating for patients and assisting them in meeting their nutrition goals after discharge. Jade is the Diversity Co-Liason for IAND. Currently, Jade enjoys being a preceptor the next generation of dietetic interns and determining her next step in education. 


Elizabeth Gutierrez, MS

Elizabeth graduated with a Masters in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Elizabeth's studies and research focused on community nutrition with a focus on public health and nutrition policy. Through her studies, dietetic internship, and volunteer-based extracurriculars, she found a passion for promoting health equity through establishing nutrition security within the various communities she interacted with. Liz is the public policy co-coordinator and nominating chair-elect of the IAND and the diversity liaison of PNPG. Currently, Liz is studying for her RD exam while she works full-time as the Chief of Staff for the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation, where she is building her passion for policy and non-profit work while uplifting the Latino community within Illinois.