MasterChef with a master plan: The first Arab winner of Israeli MasterChef believes cooking is the best way of solving conflict


UK Task Force and New Israel Fund UK Present Dr Nof Atamna Ismaeel, Arab citizen of Israel, Microbiologist and Winner of MasterChef Israel 2014, as Guest Speaker at Gefiltefest 2016. Read Victoria Prever’s article from The Jewish Chronicle, published on May 6th 2016 to find out about Dr Nof’s influences and winning style of cuisine.  Click here to read the article. Also worth checking out, Dr Nof’s two recipes on The JC website: Nof Atamna-Ismaeel’s stuffed grape leaves in tamarind sauce and Savoury Kanafeh vegetable tart

With such diverse influences, Nof’s story is a timely display of multicultural Israel to put on the world’s stage. Presented at Gefiltefest by UK Task Force and The New Israel Fund UK, Nof will be demonstrating her personal style of dishes influenced by her community and upbringing.

Toni Rickenback Director of UK Task Force says:
“Dr Nof Atamna-Ismaeel is visiting London as a guest of the UK Task Force on issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel, and the New Israel Fund. She will be appearing at this year’s Gefiltefest on Sunday 26 June. Food has often played a role in bringing Arab and Jewish communities in Israel together and in promoting shared society. By bringing Dr Nof Atamna-Ismaeel to Gefiltefest we hope to bring the tastes of shared society in Israel to the British Jewish community.”
About UK Task Force:

The UK Task Force on issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel is a broad-based coalition of organisations committed to the welfare of Israel and its secure and peaceful existence. Members of the Task Force support Israel’s Declaration of Independence, including the article promising social and political equality for all its inhabitants — Jews and Arabs alike.

Says Adam Ognall, Chief Executive, NIF UK
“New Israel Fund (NIF) is the leading organisation advancing democracy and equality for all Israelis, based on the vision of Israel’s founders. We work for an Israel in which everyone is treated with dignity, and in which a shared society can truly take root. We are delighted to be partnering with the UK Task Force to bring to Gefiltefest Dr, Atamna-Ismaeel, the winner of Israel’s MasterChef competition in 2014, and an embodiment of the ways in which Israeli society is enriched by the cultural offerings of all its diverse communities.”