#CookForSyria

Two years ago @serenaguen asked me if I knew any Syrian refugees who were chefs. The #cookforsyria campaign was just getting started at that point. I asked @tonipif for advice and she introduced a man called Imad. The next thing you know @serenaguen and @laylayarjani are popping around Imad’s for some dinner....and the rest is history. Together with the amazing women of @nextgenlondon, like @hortensedecaux and @nunz17 ❤️❤️ they started to make Imad’s dream of opening a restaurant in London a reality. Since then they have done countless pop ups, events and unbelievably tasty dinners - @imadssyriankitchen was born. And now - last night Imad was named as one of the @evening.standard’s 1000 most influential Londoners — and just look at this photo of @alarnab and @laylayarjani being so cute. Amazing things happen when people work together. So proud of all this lot and to be part of @nextgenlondon which helped create these friendships ❤️❤️❤️❤️

We first met Imad a year ago. Over a cup of tea in a small cafe on Leather Lane, he told us his story. He told us about his restaurant business in Damascus, his life in Syria, his family, and how proud he was of everything he had built for them. He also told us how all of that had been destroyed within 6 days. How he had been forced to leave his restaurant behind in search of safety, and the 365 days it took for him to be reunited with his family in the UK. He told us he still dreamt of running his own business again one day. So together with @nextgenlondon we decided to help him make that dream come true.
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From designing a logo to decorating the restaurant, our team came together to bring his idea to life and in March 2017, @imadssyriankitchen opened its doors on Columbia Road. Appear Here started with a mission to create a world where anyone with an idea can find space to make it happen. Imad’s story showed us the power of a simple idea to make positive change, bring people together and start something special. .
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Fast forward to today, we’re so proud to see Imad taking Imad’s Syrian Kitchen from strength to strength. Not only has he made a life for his family in London, but he’s helped raised over £100k for a hospital in Aleppo with @helprefugees and championed the @cookforsyria campaign. This week, Imad was recognised by Evening Standard as one of London’s most influential people of 2018 and we couldn’t agree more.
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Congratulations Imad, we’re so proud of all you’ve achieved and can’t wait to see what you do next.

Seeking out the best Shawarma in Beirut. شاورما دجاج من بربر في بيروت @loubarn18 .
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#syriansupperclub #shawarma #middleeasternfood #beirut #charityfood #cookforsyria #barbarbeirut #eatingourwayaroundlebanon

A quick reminder of how tasty and colorful winter dinners are in Syria and Raqqa! .
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Photo by: Tom Allen, 2009
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العشاء السوري والرقاوي، الصورة من عام ٢٠٠٩

Favorite cook books #cookforSyria (beautiful project and excellent book) and #riverfordorganic @riverford + squash straight from the source. 🍂❤️

It's #VEGAN week on Bake Off ~ and we love this delicious orange, almond and pistachio cake by our wonderful supporter @deliciouslyella || You can find the recipe (vegan *and* gluten free) on page 34 of our #BakeForSyria charity cookbook ~ with proceeds donated to UNICEF in aid of children impacted by war || TAG a friend who'd like a slice 🌞🌿💛
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📸 by @hollyfarrierphotography

Date filled ma'amoul cookies ~ as seen on Bake Off || You can find a version of the recipe by @johngs on page 136 of #BakeForSyria 🌞
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📸 @charlottehuco

مرحبا يا احلى عالم، موعدي معكم في أنتاليا ب ١٢ و ١٣ #اوكتوبر بمهرجان الماذا.
Hello beautiful people, see you soon in #antalya @mezefestivali 12-13 October #2018 .
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#Repost @mezefestivali
1997 yılında Institute Hotelier of Aleppo'da eğitimine başlayan ve Halep mutfağı üzerine uzmanlaşan şef, Arap Mutfağı’nda moleküler gastronomiyi etkin bir şekilde kullanan ilk şeflerden birisi. Şef Mohamad Orfalı’nın hazırladığı eşsiz lezzetleri deneyimlemek için sizleri @akrahotels ‘e bekliyoruz.
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#uluslararasımezefestivali #akrahotels #akraurbansocial #akrataste #akratouch #mezefestivali #meze #mezze #fest #festival
#morfali #mohammad_orfali #orf #whereorflovestoeat #turkey #tukishfood #chefs #chefstable #cheflife #chefstalk #gastromasa #syriancuisine #cookforsyria
#وين_الأورف_بيحب_ياكل #محمد_أورفلي #الأورف

@jardindujasminldn is a family-run Damascene cafe in the heart of London offering food and drink that takes inspiration from its heritage. On the 27th October and 3rd Nov they are hosting a #CookForSyria brunch with Syrian meze, ice-cream and knafeh along with a Qanoun performance by Sanaa Wahba (a London based Syrian artist) || Get tickets via the link in our profile 🌿

So i was feeling experimental today and luckily i even had all the ingredients to get on with it. This also meant dinner was delayed, but this has to be one of the best things i ever tried since it's really close to my childhood memories. I can never have enough of lebanese food and if i cant access any good places, i have to get my hands on it. When i was making it, my kitchen literally smelled of the bakeries in dubai. Yes- its manaqeesh (there are different variations with mince, zaata'r, cheese, spinach), love them all. But i tried mince and zaatar today, its basically lebanese pizza but a lighter version :). Also the base recipe is from my #cookforsyria book. #instabake #lebanesefood #manaqeesh #manaqeeshza3tar #hummus #arabicfood #baked #savory #autumnnights #lovebaking #childhoodmemories #cravingsatisfied #lahmbaajin

Fatti Dajaja (poached chicken with spiced rice, & yoghurt sauce) poaching the chicken and then using the stock for both the rice and the sauce means you keep all the goodness, and delicate clove and peppercorn undertones. Very comforting! From #cookforsyria #gizzierskine #rice #chicken #creamy #cloves #supper #family #zoezo #heerlijkaantafel

Its not halloweens yet! But were having pumpkin 🎃 for lunch today 🍴🙏🏻 Ingredients: Fried pumpkin chunks, minced garlic, minced lamb, sesame sauce, olive oil and burghul on the side 😍🍴❤️ Bonne Apetit! #lebanesefoodbloggers #syrianfoodies #tastemade #taste #syriadrama #lebanesefoodies #lebanesebloggers #dubaifoodies #dubaifoodbloggers #syrianfoodies #syrianfoodbloggers #cookforsyria #damascus #lovefood #uae #dubai #catering #hotels #resturants #abudhabilife #abudhabiblogger #abudhabifood

Spicy prep for the delicious spiced chicken kebabs, tahini yoghurt and sumac flatbreads @cookforsyria #flatbreadheaven #cookforsyria #sumac #spicysaturday

This family dinner by the wonderful Chef Imad @cookforsyria was just so delicious😋. It was the perfect way to end the night after an insightful few hours with Airbnb's EU & International leadship Team. .
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#airbnbexperienceleader #cookforsyria #cookforchange #community #leadership #airbnb #londonexperences #startups #youngentrepreneur #whennightfallsinlondon

Another gorgeous supper done and dusted at #SyrianSupperClubWest - thanks to our fab team, to the masterful chef @ruthieqfood , and to the generous punters who came out for something a bit different on a Thursday night.
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#middleeasternfood #syriansupperclub #syrianfood #cookforsyria #aidtosyria #westlondonfoodies #autumn #charity #handsupfoundation #foodporn #fooddoinggood

#CookforSyria satellite event 📣📣 @jardindujasminldn is a family-run Damascene café in the heart of London offering food and drink that takes inspiration from its heritage. On the 27th and 3rd of November they are hosting a #CookforSyria brunch with Syrian mezze, ice cream and Knafeh along with a Qanoun performance by Sanaa Wahba (a London based Syrian artist). Get tickets on their profile ➡️➡️➡️ @jardindujasminldn #london

Thank you to all who donated and attended #cookforsyria
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If you are looking for a new obsession, then this tahini brownie recipe will be it! Soooo delicious, moist, made with 85% dark chocolate, chunks of Helva thrown in and tahini on top!
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Recipe from @cookforsyria an unicef project
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#bakeforsyria#unicef#brownie#Tahini#chocolate#darkchocolate#helva#halwa#cake#happiness#falldecor#bakestagram#bakersofinstagram#coffeetable#coffeeandcake#fig#desertporn#gloobyfood#cakecakecake#cakeoftheweek#madewithkove#bakersfield#cookforsyria

What a year, what a night! I’ve spent a little over a year planning the first #CookForSyria event in Chicago with the help of the most dedicated, driven, and passionate committee including my co-chair @walkerisabella and @cacky_jones @sarah_deblasio @lux_1111 @amanda___lea @khalilpillai Will and Jeff. Thank you to @unicefnextgen for all of your support. A huge thank you goes out to all of our guests, donors, and sponsors. I am in awe of all of the chefs and restaurants, including @swiftandsons @osteriaviastato @pinstripesbbb @beatnikchicago @hubbardinn @rosebudrestaurants @stansdonutschicago @victoryitalian @marcos_table We raised an incredible amount of money to support @unicefusa and its efforts in making a positive impact on the lives of the Syrian children affected by the ongoing crisis💙

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