The Offbeat Chefs

Chef Rachana

Nepal

Nepal

Chef Carmen

Syria

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Chef Dhuha

Iraq

Iraq

Chef Mitslal

Eritrea

Eritrea

Chef Hawa

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Chef Minata

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The Supporting Team

Manal Kahi

Co-founder & CEO

Wissam Kahi

Co-founder & COO

Juan Suarez de Lezo

Chief Culinary Officer

Christian Chemaly

Tech Advisor

Satakshi Rimal

Kitchen Operations Manager

Courtney Sproule

Communications & Special Events Director

Nadi Chemaly

Growth Hacker

Natasha Moskvina

Outside Legal Counsel

Hanane Kai

Branding & Design

William Choukeir

Customer Development

Our Partners

The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping people to survive, recover and reclaim control of their future. The IRC resettles thousands of refugees each year in 26 U.S. cities.

How it all started

When Manal arrived to New York in 2013, she was impressed with the quality and diversity of peanut butter, but disappointed with the Hummus. She started making her own based on a family recipe, which her friends started raving about. Her brother, Wissam, saw the opportunity there and said: “we should sell it!”. And so they went on a mission to find a hummus as good as their grandmother’s – that’s how they came to think of refugees being resettled in NY as an excellent community to find someone just like her.

 

The idea evolved since: although Manal and Wissam both love hummus and could eat it all day everyday, they knew there were endless other recipes around the world they’d like to discover and share. That’s where Chef Juan jumped on board, changing from his usual Michelin-star level kitchens to a more modest but much more exciting one, and helped them bring the idea to a boil.

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