16 under 30: Tara Khattar

16 under 30: Tara Khattar



Tara Khattar, 26
Culinary consultant & chef

Gastronomy and Restaurant Management, Institut Paul Bocuse, MA in Food Studies, New York University
Place of study
Institut Paul Bocuse, Lyon, France
New York University, USA
First job
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Paris
“Ain’t no mountain high enough – anything is possible if you believe in it.”
Ultimate goal in life
“To become the Martha Stewart of this generation. I want to inspire the next generation by democratizing cooking.”
Advice for the next generation
“Always follow your dreams and listen to your inner voice, even if the people around you don’t support your idea.”

Born in Lebanon, Tara Khattar quickly became aware of her passion for food. From an early age, she spent countless hours in the kitchen experimenting with local ingredients. Her career took an international turn when she was accepted to the renowned Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon. To perfect her culinary experience, she secured an internship shortly turned into a full time position at l’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Saint-Germain in Paris. Khattar later moved to New York to pursue her Master’s degree in Food Studies at NYU. In 2018 she participated in Top Chef France, she also won the culinary competition Chopped on Food Network. She also was part of the documentary series Generation M.E. on E! Entertainment.

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