Chef, Entrepreneur, and Founder, The Migrant Kitchen and The Migrant Kitchen Initiative
Nasser Jaber, founder of The Migrant Kitchen Initiative, is originally from Ramallah, Palestine, and came to the United States as a university student studying economics and finance. Working in restaurants to pay for his degree, Jaber soon found that his true passion was food and that his talents would take him from waiting tables to training under the best chefs in New York City. Since 2012, he has worked with the US State Department in Turkey, Sweden, and Morocco to provide solutions to the refugee crisis through food, hospitality, and sustainable farming. Inspired by the intersection of immigration and food, Jaber opened the critically acclaimed Middle Eastern restaurant Mazeish, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2015, which birthed Displaced Kitchens, a not-for-profit dinner series devoted to showcasing the diverse communities that are the backbone of the New York City food industry. In 2019, he cofounded The Migrant Kitchen, which gave life to The Migrant Kitchen Initiative.