Old Spice: Reem Assil

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Reem (seen above) at the La Cocina Women in Food event, grew up in a Palestinian-Syrian household, was surrounded by the aromas and tastes of food from the homeland and the connections they evoked of her heritage, family, and community. 

Before dedicating herself to a culinary career, Reem worked for a decade as a community and labor organizer, and brings the warmth of community to all her events. 

She is a graduate of La Cocina, was a 2018 James Beard Semi-finalist for Best Chef West and was the SF chronicles 2017 Rising Star Chef. You can find her and her food in the bay area at Reems California and at her full service restaurant Dyafa.

Check out her full #spiceoftheweek interview below!