March 22, 2021

NIAC’s Norooz 1400 Series: Persian Cooking with Chef Hoss Zaré

On Thursday, March 18, 2021, the NIAC San Francisco Bay Area Chapter hosted a Persian cooking event with renowned Chef Hoss Zaré as Part II of NIAC’s Norooz 1400 series, celebrating the Persian New Year that is celebrated by our community here in the United States and around the world. You can view the recording of the Chef Hoss event here


Chef Hoss taught us modern techniques for Persian dishes that are typically prepared during Norooz, such as ash-reshteh (Persian-style noodle soup) and sabzi polo mahi (Persian herbed rice with baked fish). On top of that, audience members held an engaging discussion as they asked live questions from Chef Hoss himself about these modern techniques and his unique approach to Persian cuisine in the kitchen. 


Because NIAC’s SF Bay Area’s Persian cooking event was held at the onset of Norooz, Bay Area community members Lilly and Rumi Loghmani also shared with us what Norooz means to them, and the significance of the Haft Seen, the “Seven S’s” spread that families celebrating Norooz set up in their homes to welcome the new year and the first day of Spring. 


Chef Hoss Zaré is the former owner of the famed San Francisco restaurant “Zaré at Fly Trap” and current Executive Chef of Bon Appétit at Google. He has played a role in popularizing Persian cuisine in the Bay Area as he continues to infuse traditional Persian dishes with modern styles.

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