Chef: Khaled Al Baker
Restaurant: Meem Cafe
Title: Culinary and Brand Manager
Q: Why did you first get into cooking?
When Prime Cuts first opened in Kuwait, I began grilling 4-5 nights a week. After overdosing on beef, I slowly transitioned into the kitchen. I found myself spending 3-4 hours at work on YouTube looking up recipes and cooking techniques, that’s when I decided: I am done with the corporate world, I want to be a chef.
Q: Where were you before you came to Kuwait?
I grew up in Kuwait, but went to culinary school in Miami.
Q: Describe your favorite dish from your home country.
Mashwee Jider: its basically Machboos on crack.
Q: Name three ingredients you can’t live without in the kitchen.
Salt n’ pepper, garlic, and butter.
Q: What is the most important part of a sandwich?
Balance: The perfect ratio of bread, meat, cheese, and toppings.
Q: How does your personality differ inside and outside the kitchen?
I am a lot more serious and focused in the kitchen.
Q: When you’re not cooking, what do you do for fun?
TV, games, or swimming.
Q: If you weren’t a chef, what would you like to be?
A rich housewife.
Q: If you could choose, what would your “last supper” be?
A Quarter Pounder meal (supersized), a Diet Coke, and six-piece nuggets with sweet chili sauce.
My Breakfast: A platter of nakhee, bajela, halloumi cheese, cucumbers, hummus, falafel, fool, fried eggs with Irani bread.
My Knives: Takamura and Blood Root Blades.
Most overused spice: Cardamom and cayenne.
Favorite Foodie Destination: I am pretty sure it will be Tokyo, if I ever go.
Favorite Kitchen Gadget: My Sous Vide machine.
Favorite Food Aroma: Fresh basil and rosemary.