Palestinian ChefSami Tamimi
Palestinian chef Co-owner Ottolenghi Deli
Co-Authored Jerusalem, this cookbook won the James Beard Award
Sami Tamimi is a Palestinian chef, restaurateur and food writer.
His cooking career began at 17 working in a hotel in Jerusalem. From there he went on to work in different restaurants, to gain experience.
1997 marked a move to London where Sami was running the savoury kitchen at Baker & Spice, a bakery in Chelsea.
In 2002, Sami partnered with Yotam Ottolenghi (whom he met and worked with at Baker & Spice), in opening the first Ottolenghi deli in Notting Hill. The company has since expanded to five more locations in London, including two restaurants, NOPI and ROVI.
Sami and Yotam have written two critically acclaimed cookbooks, Ottolenghi and Jerusalem, the latter winning many awards. Jerusalem has been credited with starting many cookbook clubs all over the world.
Sami’s third cookbook Falastin was co-authored with Tara Wigly and is a winner of the Fortnum & Mason Cookery Book of the Year 2021, James Beard Award Nominee 2022, IACP Award winner and was Longlisted for The Art Of Eating Prize 2021.
Nowadays, Sami divides his time between London and Umbria in Italy.
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