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Our multicultural culinary celebration begins!

We often hear people refer to food and family when discussing holidays, gatherings or just fun times. This year’s Multicultural Week celebration wants to do just that — celebrate food and family with our UCOP community. Our theme this year is Culture and Connection in the Kitchen, and there are many ways for you to connect with colleagues and participate.

Join us for fond food memories — and the mystery ingredients

On Monday, Oct. 19, UCOP leaders and affinity group members will share their favorite food and family memories during a live Zoom event from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (PT). We will also be sharing the ingredients of our Mystery Ingredient Challenge (read on for details). Guests include:

  • Rachael Nava, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Candace Sue, Associate Vice President of Communications, Marketing, and Media Relations
  • Employee Engagement and Diversity Group
  • UCOP affinity groups: Asian and Pacific Islander Staff Association (APISA), Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO), Crafts Group, Latino Staff Association (LaSA), Native American, Indigenous and Pacific Islander Staff Association (NAIPISA), President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW), Sustainability Affinity Group, UCOP Pride and OP Staff Assembly

Join the Zoom:

Video recipes from UCOP staff

From Tuesday, Oct. 20 through Thursday, Oct. 22, tune in to the Culture and Connectivity website to watch recipe videos created by your colleagues. View the entry form for instructions for sharing your video — plus helpful tips.

Beekeeping with Dr. Byington — and the Mystery Ingredient Challenge

On Friday, Oct. 23, join us for a live Zoom event from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (PT). Executive Vice President and Head of UC Health Dr. Carrie L. Byington will share a story about her experiences as a beekeeper. Then, we’ll begin the Mystery Ingredient Challenge: Contestants will reveal their recipes and a winner will be announced!

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How to participate in the Mystery Ingredient Challenge

Inspired by the popular Food Network Show “Chopped,” UCOP affinity groups have selected five ingredients for contestants to showcase their cooking creativity and storytelling genius. The ingredients will be revealed during our Multicultural Day Event on Oct. 19 (see above). The winner of this year’s contest will get bragging rights and to keep the Special UCOP Chef Hat trophy for one year!

Contest rules

  • Recipes must include all five ingredients
  • Recipes must be able to be replicated in 20 minutes or less
  • Contestants must include a creative story that shares why these ingredients work (or how they developed the recipe given these ingredients)
  • Contestants must either attend the Friday, Oct. 23 event to share their story live or submit a pre-recorded 5-minute video.
  • If you plan to participate, send your name, email and department to
  • Contestants must submit the entry form (PDF) with a photo or pre-recorded 5-minute video no later than 5 p.m. (PT) on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Entries will be judged on:

  • Creativity
  • Use of all or most of the ingredients
  • Connection of recipe to contestant story
  • Visual appeal

Share your recipes for the UCOP Culture and Connection in the Kitchen Cookbook

Contribute to our UCOP culture and community by submitting your favorite story and recipe! Download the entry form (PDF). Submissions for the UCOP Culture and Connection in the Kitchen Cookbook will be accepted through Oct. 30. Details are available in last week’s Link article here.

For questions regarding the event, competition or cookbook, please email


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