February 19, 2021


by Emily Gruz - Jalya Writer

Nahla Kadri is 27 years old, from Alberta, Canada. She was born and raised in Edmonton and has a Lebanese background in which she is very proud of. She has a passion for cooking which came from her biggest inspiration; her mother.

When did you start your business? Was there something/someone who inspired you?

My biggest inspiration is my mom. I definitely inherited some of her creative skills and learned most of my dishes from her. She’s an amazing cook and has been making delicious meals since I could remember.

She is originally Lebanese, however, her parents moved to Brazil where she was born and raised and it was there where she learned to make many amazing Brazilian dishes. I hope to be half the chef she is one day.

I’ve been cooking for 7 years now. I have a lot more learning and growth to do but I think I’m on the right path so far. I started posting my dishes on my personal account in the last few years and many of my friends messaged me and encouraged me to make a separate food blog.

In November of 2020, I finally gained the confidence to make my food blog. So here I am, a few months in and loving it. I'm so thankful for the overwhelming positive feedback from my followers! I truly appreciate everyone that has been supporting my page.

What are the ups and downs when dealing with the Arab community?

The ups of dealing with the Arab community is that I love the unity between all of us even with strangers that I meet through my blog. The downs is that sometimes there’s a pressure of being a perfectionist because there are so many amazing chefs out there.

What would you change if you had to do it all over again?

I wouldn’t change anything. I learn from my mistakes & practice makes perfect. :)

Would you say you reached all of your goals since you started or do you have more to achieve?

I have more dishes that I need to master and then I will complete my goals. I am working on starting a little food business in Edmonton where I will sell maybe finger foods or prepped/ready meals.

What challenges has Covid-19 brought to you and your business and how did you overcome them?

Covid 19 definitely slowed down my business plan. However, I’m hoping the cases decline and we can all go back to a somewhat normal life and everyone’s business can regrow. I’m hoping this virus will be behind us soon.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!


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