Salam! My name is Sheila, and I am so excited to meet and nourish you all!
Food is one of my greatest passions. Bringing people together with wholesome meals made with love is one of my greatest joys. I like to think that my cooking and baking identity is grounded in two things: (1) My Iranian heritage, upbringing, and memories with family (2) My three years with the Berkeley Student Cooperative. It is there that I gained most of my large-batch cooking and kitchen managing experience. It was also there that I peeked over the shoulders of and learned from sixty other individuals eating, cooking, and experimenting with food.
Some non-food stuff about me: I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I moved to the Bay Area in 2015 to attend UC Berkeley, where I studied ethnic narratives and media studies, with an emphasis on Southwest Asian and North African diaspora studies. In my senior year, I wrote a blended honors thesis on Iranian American coming-of-age literature, and was also a Student-Teacher-Poet for June Jordan’s Poetry for the People Program.
Alongside cooking, diaspora storytelling arts and community-building are some of my biggest passions. I would love to chat with fellow Golestanis about similar (and dissimilar) interests! See you soon!