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The Food Show: Canada's kosher Olympians

In 1978, Canada has one of its best Olympic performances in history. The country wins 21 gold medals... for cooking. Placing second overall at the International Kosher Cooking Olympics, Canada proves an unlikely kosher powerhouse, with just one Jewish cook on the 18-person team - and he's only half-Jewish. Reporter Ken Wyman reports from Jerusalem where he talks to competitors and observers of this event.
• The word "kosher" comes from the Hebrew word kasher, meaning correct, lawful or proper. 

• Kosher law controls far more than just what people eat; the rules pertain to every level of food preparation, even how the animals are slaughtered. Kosher animals must be slaughtered in a humane manner described as "Shechita". The meat is declared kosher only after a thorough inspection for any sickness or blemish. Kosher slaughterhouses in the United States are often exempted from government inspection because of the stringent rules they observe.

Medium: Radio
Program: The Food Show
Broadcast Date: Jan. 29, 1978
Reporter: Jim Wright, Ken Wyman
Duration: 5:16
Photo: © Tony Mathews. Image from BigStockPhoto.com

Last updated: January 27, 2012

Page consulted on March 26, 2013

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