Refugees are welcome here, in this kitchen. All the chefs are refugees who are now living in New York. Eat Offbeat is putting their culinary skills to good use by hiring them to cook meals from their home countries. Manal Kaci co-founder of the Food Delivery startup says we speak the language of food here at our kitchen and even with our customers, that’s how we communicate. We hire extremely talented and highly passionate home cooks who happened to be refugees but they are really excellent chefs by nature. So we train them to become professional chefs and then we deliver their very own recipes to New York and adventurous eaters all over.
These chefs are from Syria, Iraq, Guinea, Eritrea and Nepal. One of the chefs Rachana is from Nepal. Nepali Momos or Dumplings are her specialty. She says when I serve my food to the new people who did not taste my country food, I become so excited to hear good reactions from those people. So when they come to me and say oh it is very, very good and very delicious. I am so happy. I like hearing that.
Manal started Eat Offbeat to help refugees earn a living and to help them feel valued in their new country. Manal Kaci says, they are making food that they thought was only specific to them. It is the food that they eat at home with their families, and suddenly they have Americans or the community that hosting them, eating it. And only eating it but also loving it.
It’s a shame for the people who are angry that refugees are stealing jobs but no jobs have been stolen. They aren't harming Americans. In fact they are helping if anything since they can feed and clothe their families while they are here. People need to stop being bitter grapes.