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Meet Jacqueline Dechkounian.

For the past 25 years, Jacqueline Dechkounian has worked in the New York offices of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, where she has delighted the palates of some of the church's most important figures with her renowned culinary creations. A beloved member of the staff, her food has been enjoyed by generations of clergy, staff members, and visitors alike. His Holiness Karekin II even recently awarded Jacqueline with the prominent St. Nerses Shnorhali Award for her extended services to the Church.

Her influences did not come from her mother but from her father who owned a bakery in Lebanon, her daughter Maral recently explained. Jacqueline would help at the shop. “She likes to cook. She doesn't let me cook,” Maral affectionately added. “She invents recipes.”

Jacqueline is now ready to bring her kitchen to you. To celebrate her successes at the Diocese, she and Maral, also a member of the Diocese staff, will be sharing Jacqueline's recipes with the FAR community on our blog. They will be posted on a regular basis for our readers to enjoy, so keep your eyes open and your stomachs empty. We all look forward to her first recipe!

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