6 May 2023

Homegrown Culinary Journeys: Rita Soueidan

Part of What the Food

5PM | Join us for a conversation with the city's most coveted culinary experts and cultural leaders.

Rita Soueidan is a Lebanese chef born and raised in the UAE. Her love for food and passion for cooking started at a very young age helping her mother prepare and cook delicious Lebanese dishes. This passion for cooking has led her through various areas in the industry, including food consultancy and the creation of her own healthy dessert line, Sweetfix by Rita. Currently, as the head chef of Maisan 15, Rita’s food highlights the flavors of her Mediterranean roots and Middle Eastern upbringing mixing those ingredients with unexpected flavors from around the world as seen in the Maisan15 best seller miso baba ghanoush with dukkah and pistachio. Rita continues to travel and experiment with flavors and hopes to continue creating Middle Eastern inspired dishes that that are expressed in a fresh and inventive manner.

Moderated by Omar Tom, Dukkan Media

Omar Tom, commonly known as OT is an entrepreneur, strategic planner, educator and public speaker.He has been a consistent contributor and creator to the UAE’s Creative Economy for the past decade. He is most well-known for his work as the co-host of the Dukkan Show, which welcomed Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi for their 200th episode. In September 2021, he was awarded the The Voice of Africa Cultural Innovation Excellence Award. His expertise extend beyond building unique, purposeful brands, to creating Intellectual Property and successful programming such as Dukkan Show, Legal-Ish, The Forever Student, and Switch/Flicks. He is the driving force behind creating deep and culturally rooted creative business solutions. OT is also the Cofounder and CEO at Dukkan Media, a firm that helps businesses understand the people of the Middle East.

Join us at 5PM on Saturday, 6 May at Warehouse 46, Alserkal Avenue.