2016 Hall of Fame award winner

Jack Kalajian

Near East
Hall of Fame

Kalajian´┐Żs parents, George and Hannah, emigrated from Armenia to Worcester, MA in 1940, bringing a love of the region's food, including rice pilaf, fragrant with currants and cinnamon. The preparation of pilaf is almost an art, and Hannah Kalajian made it so well that she created Near East. Her son Jack served as president.