Himi Hunaidi

Founder of Toronto-based Levantine restaurant Madame Levant, Palestinian chef Himi Hunaidi combines authentic Middle Eastern techniques and flavors with seasonal local produce to give Canadians a taste of her homeland.

Trained in the south of France, she says: “It was my heart that led me to becoming a chef. There was no other option for me.” When she’s not experimenting in her kitchen, she can be found playing with her children, working on DIY home projects or reading Arabic poetry.