Chef Feature: Chef Leyla Fathallah

Your Lebanon Chef Feature:

Chef Leyla Fathallah

Chef Leyla Fathallah is a TV presenter, chef and host with FataFeat Channel and others, and the founder of L Cuisine Catering. She’s been featured in publications and workshops throughout the Middle East for her dishes and recipe shares. She is an avid supporter of Middle Eastern chefs and known by all who follow the Middle Eastern food scene. As an educator and encourager of Arabic cuisine, starting over a decade ago, our chef features would not be complete without her!

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Please tell us about yourself:

I am Lebanese, elder sister to my 2 siblings, mother of 3 boys. I am a television chef, working with Fatafeat channel for the past 10 years after winning a cooking competition called Star Chef.

Where are you from:

Beirut, Lebanon

Where are you currently residing:

 Beirut, Lebanon

What is your favorite Middle Eastern dish to make:

Stuffed vine leaves

Chef Leyla’s Pistachio Cake

Do you prefer traditional Middle Eastern dishes or Modern/fusion Middle Eastern dishes:

I love traditional food, however, I am always open to adding a twist.

What do you love most about cooking Middle Eastern cuisine:

ME cuisine is so diverse, guaranteed to please every taste. It is also very healthy and so tasty at the same time. I love that most Mezze dishes are vegetarian and that legumes take such a big part of our cuisine because they are so versatile.

What is your favorite Middle Eastern restaurant:

Ahwak Restaurant

What is your favorite food blog:

Martha Stewart’s for sure.

What is a must have tool in your kitchen for making Middle Eastern food:

My KitchenAid that I use to  prepare the dough for the ME pastries.

What advice do you have for someone just starting to find their way around the kitchen:

Start with simple dishes and work your way up to avoid getting overwhelmed. Master the chopping and slicing techniques as they are a major part of cooking in general, and ME dishes in specific.

What nostalgic candy bar would you grab on walks to the local deken when you were a kid:

Unica and Crunch.

 

Always add love to your cooking, it makes the whole experience worth your while. – Chef Leyla

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