You might think that this performing chef is the star of a gag TV show, but he’s not. Instead, Chef Mero Cocinero Karimi brings humor, music, and food together to help people learn about other cultures and confront personal hardships.
Performance artist Robert Karimi seasons the message of change in his workshops and skits with a dash of humor.
Twisting and stretching the revolutionary rhetoric of the ’60s and ’70s into so much doctrinaire Silly Putty, Mero Cocinero Karimi and Comrade Cocinero Castro (who early in the show changes his surname to X, not to honor Malcolm X but to pay homage to former girlfriends) have taken the struggle to the kitchen.
Outside Don Young’s annual pig roast fundraiser, a raucous crowd of all ages and political persuasions taunted the guests with shouts of “oink, oink,” waved signs against corruption and big money in politics, and generally protested anything Young favored.
Karimi has a charisma that could turn any politician green with envy. Castro, a professionally trained chef, hits the bulls eye in the joke department with his deadpan delivery. This dynamic duo co-produced and wrote the entire show that has apparently gained much popularity in the Midwest before coming to the Big Apple for the first time.