When Manal arrived to New York in 2013, she was impressed with the quality and diversity of peanut butter, but disappointed with the Hummus…

She started making her own based on a family recipe, which her friends started raving
about. Her brother, Wissam, saw the opportunity there and said: “we should sell it!”. And
so they went on a mission to find a hummus as good as their grandmother’s – that’s how
they came to think of refugees being resettled in NY as an excellent community to find
someone just like her. The idea evolved since: although Manal and Wissam both love hummus and could eat it
all day everyday, they knew there were endless other recipes around the world they’d
like to discover and share. That’s where Chef Juan jumped on board, changing from his
usual Michelin-star level kitchens to a more modest but much more exciting one, and
helped them bring the idea to a boil.

Our Offbeat Chefs


Chef Nasrin


Chef Diaa


Chef Lebjulet


Chef Dhua


Chef Mi

Sri Lanka

Chef Shantini


Chef Mariama


Chef Bashir

The Supporting Team

Colin Felsman

Head of Growth

Tahir Jahangir

Head of HR OD & Scaling (Fellow)

Al Khan Digital Marketing Fellow Atlas Corps

Al Khan

Technology & Digital Marketing Fellow

Alexandra Bushman

Social Media Manager


Natasha Moskvina

Outside Legal Counsel


Courtney Sproule

Communications & Special Events Director

Rosemary Starr

Operations Manager


Christian Chemaly

Tech Advisor

Juan Suarez de Lezo

Chief Culinary Officer


Wissam Kahi

Co-founder & COO


Manal Kahi

Co-founder & CEO

Our Partners


The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping people to survive, recover and reclaim control of their future. The IRC resettles thousands of refugees each year in 26 U.S. cities.

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