My response is “been there, done that.” I owned two restaurants in Vancouver, Canada, Century Grill and Zev’s. Owning a restaurant is a huge commitment of time and resources. And it’s not as much fun as working from home.
But the convenience of working from home is not the main reason I’ve chosen to open my home to serve visitors gourmet meals. I love the work – I love cooking, and I love people.
For any chef, food is much more than a way to provide your body with fuel. It’s the center of an evening, an exploration for all the senses, a focal point for bringing people together. I love the creative process of cooking – finding the best ingredients and bringing them together in a way that’s pleasing to both the eye and the palate. Finding ways to bring out the best in the materials I have to work with.
All too often when you’re working in a restaurant you send your creations out into the world and you don’t get a lot of feedback. For one thing, you’re too busy cooking for the next group! One big advantage of preparing gourmet meals for visitors to my home is I get to appreciate the “ooh’s and ahhhh’s” when people put that food I’ve worked so hard over into their mouths.
And I get to enjoy my own cooking and meet interesting new people. What could be better than that?
In addition to sharing food and kitchen stories, my wife Sarah and I enjoy talking with visitors about the “real Israel.” What it’s like to live here, not just be a tourist. Israel is an amazing country, and there’s a lot more to it than history and natural beauty. Nothing pleases us more than providing guests with both a fantastic food experience and a deeper understanding of this amazing country we call home.Share