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Ahlan & Marhaba!
Bethany Kehdy is the founder of Taste Lebanon, a boutique travel & service collective aimed at delivering anything but a cookie-cutter tour experience.
This charming Lebanese-American culinary adventurist exudes a passion, which naturally draws others to join in exploring the diverse culinary traditions of Lebanon. Bethany is charismatic and her style, approachable. Fluent in English, Arabic and French, she engages and communicates clearly between the local community and her guests, creating a unique & dynamic experience all the while ensuring an interactive, hands-on approach.
A natural foodie, Bethany has spent a lot of time watching and learning via osmosis the art of Middle Eastern food preparation, cooking and preserving from her grandmother, dad and aunties. In the mid eighties, her family retreated into the beautiful mountains of central Lebanon where Bethany’s father set up an eclectic dairy farm on the ancestral land. For a great part of her childhood Bethany helped water orchards, harvest fruits and vegetables, chase after chicken, make cheese and even milk the odd cow. This has influenced and encouraged her to learn and understand more about the culture, history, and importance behind the food processes.
Taste Lebanon will provide you with a rare opportunity to delve deep into the Lebanese culture making use of Bethany’s insight and contacts within Lebanon’s food and culture scene all the while experiencing the flamboyant Lebanese hospitality.
Author of the food blog, Dirty Kitchen Secrets, Bethany documents recipes both traditional and Middle Eastern inspired with easy to follow instructions. Her debut cookbook on Middle Eastern cuisine is set for spring 2013 publication by Duncan Baird Publishing. She is also the founder of Food Blogger Connect, Europe’s leading international food blogging conference.
Bethany has appeared on several cookery shows in the UK, including the popular Market Kitchen: Big Adventure and Perfect, and has cooked for and held live cooking demonstrations at Foodies Festival (Bristol & Battersea), Balade Restaurant (NYC), Tawlet (Beirut) & L’atelier des Chefs (London) hosted by Wines of Lebanon. Bethany was selected by Monocle Mediterraneo 2012 as one of the four ‘Mediterranean Food Ambassadors’, representing Lebanon and is the brand ambassador of Freekehlicious in their North American and UK Market.
Her knowledge of Lebanese cuisine, hospitality and culture has made her sought after as an ambassador and guide to Lebanon by the likes of the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism, world-class hotels and other enterprises.
Bethany’s work has been featured in several publications worldwide including Conde Nast Traveller (IN) Food & Travel Magazine, Bon Appetit, Delicious Magazine (NL), Monocle Mediterraneo, Olive Magazine, Food Magazine, The Lady, The National (UAE), BBC Good Food Middle East, Fatafeat, and Athens News amongst others.
Bethany divides her time between Devon, Beirut and the rest of the world.