Viviane is one of our team of Ambassadors, who work with us to spread the word about 91 Ways and our activities.
Viviane has been working with the 91 Ways team for over 3 years – if you have been to one of our Supper Clubs you will probably have met her, and you may even have been lucky enough to sample one of her famous cakes!
We sat down with Viviane to find out more about her story, and her lifelong passion for food and cooking.
How did you get involved with 91 Ways?
I read an article about 91 Ways about 3 1/2 years ago and was instantly captured by its mission.
What aspect of 91 Ways are you involved in?
I have volunteered for various events on a regular basis, have cooked for one of their Supper Clubs and have done a baking demo.
Why do you support 91 ways?
I support 91 Ways because I believe wholeheartedly in its ethos. Food is the best way to break down barriers and bring people from different cultures together. Through the medium of food and sharing food recipes and food memories, we soon find out that we all have more in common than we ever imagined
How long have you lived in Bristol?
I’ve lived in Bristol for 15 years. Before that, I lived in London.
What’s your favourite thing about Bristol?
I like the fact that Bristol is an increasingly multi-cultural city and a City of Sanctuary. There is always an event going on, especially at weekends.
What is your family heritage?
Very mixed heritage. I was born and brought up in Egypt. My maternal grandparents came from Aleppo in Syria and settled in Egypt just after the First World War. My father’s family lived in Constantinople (now Istanbul) and moved to Egypt when the Ottoman Empire began to disintegrate.
What is one of your favourite food memories?
My favourite childhood food was aubergines, courgettes, peppers and tomatoes stuffed with minced meat and rice, served on a huge platter!
Favourite place to eat in Bristol?
The Watershed on the Waterfront – if you are lucky you can get a table overlooking the harbour. It’s light and spacious and the food is good.
Favourite food that you love to share with family and friends?
Lots and lots of plates of mezze, served with falafel, salads and lavash (Persian bread) And plenty of time to chat!
Who would be your fantasy guest if you could choose anyone to share your dinner with?
Claudia Roden. Like me, she was born and brought up in Egypt – actually my parents knew her parents! She was the first person to bring Middle Eastern food to the forefront and she has been my inspiration since then.