Multi Kulti Collective
Multi Kulti Collective: Different Cultures, Same Appetite / Casey Angelova: If You Can’t Buy It, Grow It.
In this ‘double’ episode we meet Bistra Ivanova, co-founder of the Multi Kulti Collective (MKC), and Casey Angelova, chef-turned-farmer.
As a young teen, Bistra would save her pocket money for weeks before spending it on meals at the most exotic foreign restaurants that she could find in Sofia. She has carried on this love for food and foreign cultures through the activities of MKC: regular culinary events are run by immigrants and refugees, for Bulgarian participants in an effort to counteract stereotypes that prevail amongst locals.
The MKC has since contributed to European research projects on migrant and refugee integration, community development and solidarity.
Casey, who became involved with MKC as a volunteer, also shares her story with us – describing the 12 year journey that took her from working on the production of ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ in New York, to becoming a farmer in rural Kyustendil… but only after completing her training as a professional chef at the Culinary Institute of America.
Thank you to Bistra Ivanova and Casey Angelova.