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