Lara grew up eating seasonal, fresh produce from her family’s farm in Sarafand, Lebanon, and developed a taste for flavorful foods at an early age. What started out as a family hobby—farming, harvesting and cooking meals from the fresh ingredients of their garden—established a sturdy foundation on which Lara has built her professional career.

Lara believes cooking should be accessible and frank. A meal doesn’t have to be fancy and elaborate to look and taste amazing. The simplest recipes executed in the right way make for food that is quite simply divine.