Seven migrant female chefs are hosting a 150-cover dinner as part of Mazi Mas, a restaurant and social enterprise training and empowering migrant and refugee women in the food industry.
The three-course dinner party cooked by Mazi Mas's first formal group of graduates, migrant women from Iran, Ecuador, Costa Rica, South Sudan, takes place on 27 June at the Round Chapel in London Hackney.
The graduate team of 2017 will also take up residency at the Serpentine Gallery café and the Old Vic theatre café from August this year.
Mazi Mas, meaning ‘eat with us' in Greek, was founded by Nikandre Kopcke, a New Yorker of German/Greek roots, inspired by the story of her godmother, who was prevented from opening a bakery by a husband who subscribed to rigid gender norms.
Women apply to join Mazi Mas' seven-month programme, which comprises six weeks of culinary and service training and six months of paid part-time employment. Together they have co-created a global menu that draws on their family recipes, and has honed their culinary technique and communication skills.
The team of graduate cooks includes Elahe Reza, Nasrin Rooghani and Razieh Niroomand from Iran; Luzmila Jarrin, from Ecuador; Elizabeth Acuei Yol, from South Sudan; Paola Naressi from Costa Rica, and Melissa Cardenas from Peru. The multicultural menu reflects their different influences with dishes like Persian kuku sabzi, shallot yogurt, barberries, dill; and avocado, jicama and mango ceviche, cancha corn, coriander.
Tickets are £45 and can be booked via Grub Club.
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