We’re joined by serial entrepreneur Mohamad Ballout, Founder of Dubai-based foodtech pioneer Kitopi, currently the world’s leading managed cloud kitchen platform. Founded in January 2018, Kitopi has quickly expanded to five countries having added Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UK & the US to its roster after raising a successful $60 million Series B in funding earlier this year. Mohamad shares his thoughts on how he became a serial entrepreneur, how him and his fellow Kitopians are capitalizing on the foodtech’s startup’s first mover advantage and what it will take for the Middle East to produce & export global brands.
Hashem and Anoud Alzaben discuss her process; the rural and bedouin roots that continue to influence her work; and their shared appreciation for journaling– whether classically with ink and paper or visually via Instagram Stories.
This week we sit with Stasha Toncev, founder of Dubai’s award-winning Balkan bistro, 21 Grams. Hailed in the media, Stasha’s restaurant was praised as “charming” and “brain melting” by The Financial Times supplement, How To Spend It, and Bill Addison, the Los Angeles Times’ celebrated food critic. In
Hashem and his co-host Samantha Wood aka FooDiva sit down with Gwendal Poullennec, the Michelin Guides’ International Director.