Featured Chef: Norma Dakhoul is the founder of ‘Norma’s Lebanese Foods’
Well actually I’m a “home cook” with a passion for Middle Eastern food. Norma’s Lebanese Foods was born to share and educate foodies through regular classes and food tours.
How did you get into it?
Born into a Lebanese family, growing up in Lebanon and helping in the kitchen is akin to an inheritance and a course that cannot be escaped! From my early years in a tiny Lebanese village, I was exposed to food in its’ raw stage and learnt to appreciate it. It wasn’t until about 18 years when I inherited a collection of Women’s Weekly cookbooks that my curiosity for cooking was ignited. I am in my element when I cook whether it’s for my family or educating and teaching foodies about Lebanese food.
Outside of Middle Eastern cuisine, what do you like to cook?
In contrast to Middle Eastern food, I love the richness of Italian and French food. I also love Thai food and the powerful flavours in Indian food but I especially admire and respect the skills of a Japanese chef. And there are still so many cuisines I want to discover and learn about.
What is the best part of your job?
It’s simple, sharing my love and passion for Lebanese food with new people.
What is your favourite dish?
From which cuisine! It’s wonderful to have the knowledge and ability to cook beautiful dishes from different cuisines but it’s simple food prepared with love that appeals the most to me. I would never say no to fresh warm Lebanese bread and olives.
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