16 under 30: Sereen Kurdi

16 under 30: Sereen Kurdi



Sereen Kurdi, 28
Chef, Jordan

Bachelor’s in Culinary Arts
Place of study
Kendall College, Chicago, Illinois
First job
Line Cook at Aquavit, (2-Michelin stars), New York, US
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss
Ultimate goal in life
“Preserving the cultural heritage of Jordan and being a role model to the younger generation of female chefs.”
Advice for the next generation
“Never look at money as your ultimate goal; there is a lot more to life than making money, and travel as much as possible as it’s the only way to have a more worldly perspective.”

After graduating with merit from Les Roches Jordan, Sereen Kurdi was awarded a full scholarship to study at Kendall College in Chicago. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.9 GPA and was then hired by Chef Marcus Jernmark of Aquavit in New York. She moved back to Amman and began teaching at the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, before accepting a position as head chef for Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein. In 2015, Kurdi founded The Local Table, Jordan’s first pop-up dinner concept, focused on having a dinner fully sourced from local and organic products, while supporting local artisan food producers.

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