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16 June 8, 2018 CITY VIEWS – that’s all you need to know By StaffWriter “F arhan Momin, an Indian American dental stu- dent at the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois who is originally from Georgia has taken the semester off to pursue his dream of becoming the next “MasterChef.” Momin is among the 40 top home chefs in the nation to be selected to participate on Season 9 of “MasterChef,” which premiered May 30 on Fox. The 25-year-old will be appearing on the show on June 6 and was extremely excited to share the news on his Facebook page. “I took a huge leap of faith. I want to use this platform to share my family’s story through my food. Being a first- generation American there’s oftentimes a social pressure to become ‘successful.’ I want to show the kids out there that it is possible to pursue a STEM education AND chase their creative dreams simultaneously,” he wrote. Momin’s love for cooking came 18 years ago when he decided to help his mom out in the kitchen. According to a Chicago Tribune report, Momin will be making his signature dish the nihari sandwich, on the show that will be judged by award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich. The winner will not only receive the title of “MasterChef” but a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize, half of which Momin will give to his parents for their retirement fund if he wins. Dental Student Eager To Win Next ‘MasterChef’ Title By StaffWriter ndian-Americans played a frontal role in the May 19 and 20 Skokie Festival of Cultures, held in Oakton Park, where numerous ethnic minorities were rep- resented. Suhanee Patel, Miss Illinois High School America 2018, emceed the opening ceremony which honored the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Among the various Indian-American dance troupe's that performed was Anita's Bollywood Beats, which per- formed Rajasthani and Punjabi dances; Surya Dance School which did a "Tribute to Mother India." The dance institute, 'Bolly DanceFit' made its mark showcasing 80 students from who brought "the richness of Indian cul- ture through dance and music" for thousands who came. And "Holi: Festival of Colours" featured lively Indian music and color play. This two-day festival started in1991, and has become one of the premier ethnic festivals in Illinois, attracting more than a half-a-million visitors and dozens of cul- tures, all representing Skokie's diversity, according to the website of the Festival. Those who come, get to "take their free 'Tour of theWorld,'" notes the festival website, enjoy- ing two days of ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food and beer, unique arts and crafts, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays. Chicagoland Enjoys Indian Dance, Music, Holi At Culture Fest I Bolly DanceFit dancers perform at the Skokie Festival of Culture held May 19 and 20 in Oakton Park, Skokie, Illinois. Friends browse the Skokie pavilion. Courtesy:BollyDanceFit Farhan Momin Courtesy:Facebook By StaffWriter T he Sikh Coalition, a grassroots advocacy organiza- tion, announced the launch of its free Sikh Project photography exhibition in Chicago, Illinois. The Sikh Project, in collaboration with British photog- raphers Amit and Naroop, portrays the Sikh faith and the experience of this minority in the United States. The exhibition will be on display at Chicago’s Richard J. Daley Center, from June 11 - June 29. The Sikh Project, which launched to critical acclaim in 2016, features portraits of turbaned men, women and children that embody the diversity of the Sikh communi- ty and recognizes the challenges and triumphs of what it means to be Sikh in this country. Nineteen of these por- traits will be on display for free at the exhibit. "JOIN US! Help us share the event by inviting family, friends and coworkers to the exhibition via the event page on Facebook. #SikhProject," the Sikh Coalition urged in a press release. Since the Sikh Project launched in NewYork in 2016, the exhibition continues to travel the country "in our never-ending efforts to educate the American public about the Sikh community, faith and traditions," the press release said. Sikh Art Exhibition Coming To Chicago Next Week Courtesy:Sikh Coalition/ Facebook One of the pictures in the Sikh Project which is coming to Chicago.