An American-Iranian, Ariana Bundy was Head Pastry Chef for the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and Le Notre in Paris, trained at Fauchon Patisserie and also attended the European Business School in London, majoring in International Marketing and Finance. She has cooked for celebrities such as Tom hanks, Nicole Kidman, President Clinton, Brad Pitt and Madonna, to name a few.
Ariana has appeared on TV shows such as the BBC’s ‘Good Food Live’, Sky’s ‘Taste’ and ‘Top Billing’.
She is also the author of ‘Sweet Alternative’, the first gluten, dairy and soy-free dessert cookbook (Conran-Octopus UK) written due to her family’s and her own food intolerances.
About Ariana’s upcoming book:
Ariana was brought up in New York, London and Switzerland, but her family roots are firmly planted in Persian soil. She inherited her love of food and cooking from her grandparents, who grew cherries, plums, apricots, apples, sugar beets, wheat and barley, bred sheep and goats for dairy, and had beautiful vineyards producing prized grapes – and from her father, who owned the first fine-dining French restaurant in Iran.
Her latest book ‘Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes’ (Simon & Schuster UK) evokes the sensual, exotic pleasure of Middle Eastern flavors, using pomegranate seeds and juice, rose water and rose petals, as well as fragrant herbs and spices to create enticing dishes full of color and elegance.
She writes poignantly of the traditions cherished by her forefathers, when life was simpler, family mattered above all else and eating together was of paramount importance.
Ariana is fluent in English, French and Farsi. She now lives between Dubai and Paris with her husband Paul and their son Dara.
Come down to watch Ariana in action at the Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show between May 24 and 27 at the Cape Town Convention Centre.
* For more information, visit www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za, or call 021 782 2280.