What's Cooking on 1060: Discovering culture through food

Hadas Kuznits
July 20, 2018 - 4:00 am
Lee Jones

Hadas Kuznits / KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A local Philadelphian is on a mission to discover his vast culture through food. 

Philadelphia DJ Lee Jones has traveled the world for work and fun. He says he's always been drawn to different cultures; so when he recently took a DNA test and realized he was descendent of 75 different countries, he took it as a challenge.

"Some are very small percentages, some are large percentages," Jones said, "and I was thinking you should eat your culture and I was thinking, well, I have the summer and my mission, if I can accomplish it, is to eat something from every place that my DNA comes from."

For Jones, that's not a small mission.

"So we can start with Aboriginal," he said, "Australian, Albanian, Algerian, Angola, Armenia, Austria...."

He's on the lookout for local restaurants that serve authentic food.

"It gets me to new places in Philadelphia," Jones said, "it gets me to meet new people."

Or home-cooked meals.

"You never know who you're gonna be across the table from," he said.

And while he initially put the call out for cuisines on Facebook, the goal is to connect with people face-to-face.

"I think from being a DJ we're just like the postman, we just get awareness," Jones said, "and particularly in the climate that we're in that people aren't talking to each other and they're staying behind screens."

How has he been changed by this challenge?

"The curious thing is now when I hear places on the radio, now all of a sudden when these countries come up, I do perk up a little bit more," he said.

And Jones says he's willing to try anything. His strategy?

"I'll eat first, ask questions later," he said.

For more on Jones' mission of self discovery through food, subscribe to the What's Cooking podcast on the radio.com app.