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Brooklyn, NY United States

Rawia Bishara, Chef-Owner of Tanoreen Following years of giving endless dinner parties for friends and family, Chef/Owner Rawia Bishara decided it was time to expose her unique culinary style to the world. In 1998, Rawia’s restaurant Tanoreen was born. When asked, Rawia will let you know that Tanoreen was opened as a tribute to her mother's rich culinary heritage. After fusing many of her mother's old world recipes with her own more eclectic style of cooking, Rawia developed a menu of many palates and flavors. Tanoreen has varied in its fusions, but never deviated from its roots, a blend of classical Middle Eastern/Mediterranean home-style cooking. She views her cooking as her own personal contribution to promoting Middle Eastern gastronomic culture. Tanoreen Restaurant has been widely recognized by many of NYC's most influential food critics and news media, most notably in New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Village Voice, the Zagat Survey (#1 Middle Eastern in NYC), NY1 Cable News, Where the Locals Eat Restaurant Guide and the Time Out Eating and Drinking Guide. Tanoreen won Best Mediterranean in the AOL Cityguide for 2007. In addition, the catering arm of Tanoreen has also thrived, catering events for, amongst others, United Nations missions, universities, hospitals, corporate events and holiday parties. As one of New York's leading chefs in Middle Eastern cuisine, Rawia's recipes have been published in The New York Times, New York Magazine and The Daily News and she has taught a class at the De Gustibus Culinary School at Macy's. Eric Asimov from The New York Times claims “There may be no better hummus in town than Tanoreen's smooth and airy version…” New York Magazine's Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld have described Rawia as “the eggplant guru” and she who “scatters (Tanoreen Spices) about like pixie dust”. He also hails “visiting Tanoreen without ordering lamb in some form seems as perverse as skipping the porterhouse at Peter Luger.” Moreover, Travel and Leisure Magazine acclaimed Rawia “puts her competition in Manhattan to shame.” Due to the success of Brooklyn-based Tanoreen, Jumana Bishara, Rawia's daughter, has partnered with her mother to make Tanoreen a truly family-run business.