I am Nermine, a former diplomat, food and travel writer, and stauch advocate of Culinary Diplomacy.
My food stories emphasize the values of human empowerment, coexistence, and harmony.
At the young age of 22, I joined the foreign service. Yet, after a decade focused primarily on my career, I chose the road less traveled. I fearlessly embraced a new chapter of social entrepreneurship, motherhood, and expat life.
Leading a nomadic lifestyle, I lived across five different continents and fairly distinct capitals: Cairo, Washington D.C., Guatemala, Paris, Yerevan, and Singapore to name a few. My extraordinary journey has broadened my perspectives, tuned my senses, and awakened my palate.
A self-initiated program to empower Syrian refugee women was a significant turning point in my exsistence. Their evocative food stories triggered my passion for Food Writing and Food Photography. While assisting refugees to document their endangered culinary heritage, I came to perceive the smitten power of food storytelling in preserving identities, challenging stereotypes, and bridging cultures.
To hone my storytelling and photographic skills, I embarked on engaging, fine learning experience. The Food Writing workshops at Gotham Writers and the progressive Photography Classes by the renowned Andrew Scrivani and Todd & Diane Cu Porter propelled my craft to a whole new level, bringing into life my digital presence: http://www.cheznermine.com
“Against all odds, food brings us together.” that is the wisdom behind Chez Nermine.