Ta­nia Kas­sis


talks about her faith, food and the achiev­able prin­ci­ples of be­ing a lady

At a time when tol­er­ance and un­der­stand­ing seem in short sup­ply, Le­banon’s dar­ling of the stage is the voice of unity. Her spec­tac­u­lar ren­di­tion of the Is­lamo-chris­tian “Ave Maria” may have cat­a­pulted her to star­dom, but it’s her cook­ing skills that cap­tured our at­ten­tion at in Down­town Beirut, with Manag­ing Part­ner

Al Sul­tan Brahim Tony Ramy.

The so­prano has had a long and il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer, grad­u­at­ing from the Paris Con­ser­va­tory and then re­turn­ing to the city in 2012 to per­form at the leg­endary Olympia Hall – she is one of three Le­banese singers to per­form there af­ter Sabah, Fairuz and Magida el Roumi. In 2013, she created the ONE LE­BANON cul­tural move­ment, gath­er­ing peo­ple who be­lieve in the im­por­tance of unity and per­form­ing with other celebri­ties to a crowd of thou­sands.

Kas­sis’ bright smile con­veyed more of a girl-nextdoor im­pres­sion when we met her at the restau­rant. Chat­ting with the Pres­i­dent of the Syn­di­cate of Own­ers of Restau­rants, Cafes, Night-clubs & Pas­tries in Le­banon, she was ea­ger to jump in and be­gin her cook­ing ses­sion, with Ramy as the mae­stro.

Within min­utes we were trans­ported into a gi­gan­tic state-of-the-art kitchen, al­most as big as the restau­rant it­self, where Kas­sis got a crash course in seafood. To our amaze­ment, she made two dif­fer­ent dishes in ten min­utes, with­out break­ing a sweat.

Af­ter pol­ish­ing off the two plates, we sat down with Kas­sis to ask all of our burn­ing ques­tions. Au­tumn is­sue 2016 |

I think that peo­ple who en­joy food, en­joy life

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