My Story

I am Nermine, a former diplomat, food and travel writer, recipe developer, and staunch advocate of Egyptian Cuisine. 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, Singapore, just to name a few. My extraordinary journey across the globe has tremendously 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 existence.  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 and challenging stereotypes. Here started my journey with blogging about my Egyptian heritage. 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: My passion to all things culinary paired with an expansive learning journey have led to the best career I could ever wish for.  Now my brand Chez Nermine is up and running offering consumers and food brands multiple services. Know more here “Against all odds, food brings us together.” that is the wisdom behind Chez Nermine.

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