I have a truly mixed heritage, my father being Iraqi and Persian and my mother being Danish. I spent my childhood in many different locations due to my father’s itchy feet and all of these various places from Pakistan to the Balearics have influenced my food tastes and preferences. Although I didn’t initially pursue a career in food, I rather chose the more practical and sensible route of Business and Marketing. But the call from the kitchen was too strong and through my own personal journey of wanting to feel great every day – and my inborn passion for food – I ended up studying Exercise, Natural Medicine and Nutrition in London. Moving on to study as a Naturopath with CNM, qualifying in 2005. I have since worked as a consultant for many years, working with individuals to help them troubleshoot their health issues and set new better practices into place to help them live better. I also set up and ran my own business in the UK called ‘Vibrance Ltd.’, where I worked with small to medium sized businesses to help them get their workforce into premium shape.
In 2010 I moved to South Africa to begin a new life on a Macadamia Nut Orchard where I tried my hand at the good life and used whatever the land gave me and tried to turn it into something. I wanted a simpler and better life for my small boys, Noah and Joseph (then 4 and 2), and learned a lot about the origin of food and the time and effort it takes to grow it. Despite this somewhat idyllic set up I craved to be back in the hustle and bustle and inspiration of a city. Cape Town has been my home since January 2014 ,where I now reside in the hip suburb of Tamboerskloof . It’s a perfect fit to my foodie self as I am within walking distance of Cape Town’s finest restaurants and eateries, as well as the best food markets and delicatessens.
Apart from working with families and individuals I also hold cooking workshops and private dining experiences at my home and you can find out more about those here. I also work with brands to help develop and refine their products and design recipes to use those products in different ways. I am also passionate about food styling and food photography and really enjoy presenting my food in a way that achievable and attractive. My plans for 2018 are to be much more active on IG TV and You tube and to be able to interact with you all while cooking and sharing my recipes.