How has your professional experience helped shape you into the chef you are today?
Having studied culinary management, I have been given the tools to be a all-round chef and do more than just cook. Working abroad and collaborating with multicultural and passionate hospitality teams has provided me with the opportunity to develop my skills, techniques, speed and leadership.
You are often referred to as the voice of modern Bahraini cuisine. What can you tell us about this?
I am trying to do more than just modernize traditional dishes; I’m trying to change the way we see food in the region. I’ve been doing this by constantly pushing the envelope with innovative presentations and new ways of interpreting traditional dishes. Ultimately, I am creating a culinary experience for my guests. I aim to take people on a journey that’s full of familiar and new flavors, thus educating them. I am challenging stereotypes in the Middle East. I have always been passionate about Middle Eastern food, and I think it is ready for a change.
What are some of the greatest challenges that are faced by female chefs?
Each kitchen environment, leader and chef is different; no two experiences can ever be the same. I believe that the industry is moving in the right direction and changing the narrative around women in the kitchen.
How did you feel about winning the Middle East & North Africa’s Best Female Chef Award 2022?
It was an absolute honor to be awarded the first-ever Best Female Chef award as part of the inaugural MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022. It represents validation and is a great reward for my hard work. I feel motivated to do much more.
What are your future plans?
It’s a very exciting time, and I have many plans for the future. However, travel and exploration are what I seek most. To constantly learn, grow and develop, as well as collaborating with other chefs, are things that are important to me.