Meet Maria-Nella Rahayel from Lebanon

Based in Lebanon, Maria-Nella is the c0-blogger behind No Garlic No Onions (@nogarlicnoonion).  

What’s your signature dish?
My caramelized onion and bacon quiche.

What celebrity or celebrity chef would you most like to break bread with? Why?
French chef Yannick Alleno who has three stars Michelin and whom I find has a very charismatic character and is a leader. He also has the YAM, le magazine des chefs culinary magazine that is very interesting and innovating. I already met him and had the chance to savor his food in two of his restaurants in France and Lebanon.

What’s your least favorite food?
Anything containing mushrooms.

What would your last meal be?
Any kind of spaghetti.

Where do you get inspiration from?
Any book, magazine, TV show or restaurant I go to. I like imagining mixtures from different platters and cooking it my way.

Favorite kitchen tool/appliance?
My Thermomix machine.  The Thermomix is a food processor that: steams, blends, kneads, grinds, simmers, grates, mills, weight, cooks, chops, crushes, emulsifies, whips AND mixes!

Who is your favourite celeb chef and why?
French chef Joel Robuchon who has 3 Michelin Stars because to me he is the only celeb chef that serves you in his “L’atelier de Joel Robuchon” world wide simple dishes (smoked salmon, foie gras and spaghetti) made with premium ingredients and exquisite taste.

Who taught you to cook?
I first leaned from my mum but I must admit we cook in totally different ways today.  She has a traditional way of cooking whereas I love creating new bizarre things.

Where do you buy your groceries and why?
I usually get sun dried tomatoes from Italy, french vanilla from France … My husband and I travel a lot and I always come back with plenty of seasonings, toppings and specialty food from their country of origin.  Otherwise I can find most of what I need from the main Grocery Stores in Lebanon.




One Response to Meet Maria-Nella Rahayel from Lebanon

  1. (@bloggerconnect) (@bloggerconnect) September 24, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Meet Maria-Nella, the co-blogger behind @nogarlicnoonion attending #FBC12

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