Jason Alexander cooks with 'Chefs for Peace'

American actor learned about cooking, peacemaking with chef Moshe Basson at The Eucalyptus, a biblical themed restaurant in Jerusalem.

October 26, 2011 13:53

Jason Alexander 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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Jason Alexander on Tuesday visited The Eucalyptus, a biblical themed restaurant in Jerusalem's Old City, where famous Israeli chef Moshe Basson, showed him how to make "makluba," a traditional Palestinian meal whose main ingredients are rice, chicken, and local spices.

Basson, who owns the restaurant, is a member of "Chefs for Peace," an association that organizes meetings between Israeli and Palestinian chefs.

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The dinner was organized by "One Voice," a group that bridges the two sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in support of a two state solution.

Basson demonstrated a "makluba" serving tradition in which the chef turns the pot seven times, waves his hands over it, and makes a wish before pouring the meal onto the serving plate.

Alexander, known for his versatility and range, added his comedic antics to the ritual for good measure.

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