UAE-based Food Artisan, Author of award winning cookbook ‘Plated Heirlooms’ & Owner of food brand “Dima Sharif”
Dima, who grew up in Jordan, was always surrounded by quality food. Her family owned the first and largest citrus farms in Jordan and so Dima learnt, from a very young age, the importance of quality ingredients.
As such, to date, she is an active advocate of organic farming and supporting local farmers and local seasonal produce.
After years dedicated to work with NGOs and community-based organisations in the fields of social development, training and communications, Dima decided to change her career path and began her professional food journey.
In 2006, she started a catering service in Dubai, creating high-end bespoke menus and quality food items that catered for private and corporate events.
In 2009, she began providing culinary training to home cooks as well as professionals in specific topics. At the same time she took on food writing, where she regularly wrote for different publications in print and online. With time, Dima expanded her services into an all-encompassing food training and communications service, incorporating writing, blogging, photography and film. She runs one of the most celebrated food blogs in the UAE, dimasharif.com. Her blog has become a beacon for industry professionals, home cooks and fans alike, with articles spanning across culinary travel; culture; food history; recipes and, above all, insights into the art of cooking through her step-by-step tutorials.
Today, “Dima Sharif” is a well known food brand under which Dima runs a food company “Mooneh FZC” that specialises in providing hotels and restaurants with specialised quality ingredients, artisanal condiments and other bespoke artisanal food stuff. Through Mooneh, Dima also supports the local farmers’ and farmers’ markets. “Dima Sharif” is proud to be the UAE’s first dedicated preserver of local organic and seasonal produce. Sourcing ingredients from Local UAE organic farmers and creating products with their seasonal organic produce, which are sold to customers at the farmers’ market and in her online shop. Furthermore, the brand supports a number of single women families living in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Jordan.
Dima is a sought-after and respected culinary figure in the Middle East. She has partnered with local and international brands like Kenwood, Al Alali, Nestle, Italian Cuisine World Summit, Italian Cuisine in The World Forum, ITChefs, IRC, IFOAM, The Dubai Mall, Home Centre, Miele, MBC Group, Fatafeat, DECIDE – Diabetes Awareness Organization, Sister Olive Oil and OBE Organic as well as being a regular guest on Dubai Eye Radio. Dima is also the organizer and training chef of the annual specialty Food Styling & Photography Workshop in Dubai (2013-2016), and was appointed as the public face and official blogger for the Italian Cuisine World Summit and Italian Cuisine In The World Forum (2014-2016).
Finally she was a participating chef in the United Nations by Italian Cuisine 2016 and a key speaker in the Italian Cuisine World Summit (2015-2016) exploring topics spanning from Specialty Restaurant Operations, to Opportunities and Challenges of Authentic Concept Restaurants and The Historical Arab Influence on Italian Cuisine…among other topics.
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In 2015, Dima published her first cookbook “Plated Heirlooms”
a 500-page exploration of her native Falasteen (Palestine) and its rich culinary history through generations of Palestinian cooking.
In May 2017 Plated Heirlooms won the title “Best In The World” for Arabic Cuisine by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards that was held in Yantai, China.
Previous to that, Plated Heirlooms also won 3 international awards:
1. The national winner of The Dun Gifford Award for “Best Mediterranean Cuisine”.
2. The national winner of “Best Self Published Book” by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
3. The national Winner for “Best Historical Recipes Book” by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.