Dima Pasiakin, who fled anti-gay persecution in Russia, working in the kitchen at Emma's Torch restaurant in Brooklyn. Giada Randaccio Skouras Sweeny

N.Y.C. Eatery Caters to Huddled Masses Yearning to ... Cook!

Take a few trained chefs, add a group of refugee students and a pinch of memories from their home kitchens, and you get Brooklyn’s Emma’s Torch, which trains the newcomers for free and prepares them for a future in America’s food industry

NEW YORK – The opening of a new restaurant here is hardly a headline-making event, but the launch of Emma’s Torch earlier this month had an unusual flavor. That’s because the kitchen staff at this Brooklyn...

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