Abeer lives in a multi-generational home with her parents, her brother, and his wife and kids. They pray and laugh and eat together. She used to rope her siblings into playing “restaurant,” which, she says, “consisted of me being a server, chef, busboy, everything. It just was me making food for them or me putting on fake cooking shows for them.”
After high school, she toyed with the idea of culinary school. But her parents wanted her to get a college degree, and friends cautioned that she could dig herself deep into debt. Instead, she got a job as a buyer at Whole Foods, and slowly built her own unique cooking style.