My Persian Kitchen was created out of a deep love for Persian cuisine and culture, and to showcase this rich aspect of the Iranian heritage.
Sanam Lamborn, aka The Chef, was born in Iran and currently lives in Los Angeles. Sanam’s first exposure to cooking was a in her grandmother’s kitchen, who was indeed her inspiration. What started as being a little helper turned into a life long love affair with cooking.
For many years Sanam enjoyed eating Persian food made by the experts around her refusing to endure the task herself, as she thought it was too intimidating of a venture.
One fine day she decided that it was time to tackle the beast by the head. Much to the disgrace of every Persian, she first had to learn how to make Persian rice. It took a few disastrous attempts, which included loud cussing and pans flying across the kitchen, resulting in a very sorry, mushy, and pathetic looking rice. She has now mastered rice making and has risen above defeat!
Sanam soon realized that while at times time consuming, she really enjoyed making dishes from her homeland and sharing the results with family and friends.
Sanam holds a BA and MA in English as well as a Professional Cooking Certificate.
The Sous Chef
Jonathan, aka The Sous Chef, is often mentioned around here. Before meeting Sanam he had never had any exposure to Persians or Persian food. Sanam thought to herself: “Oh you poor lamb, I will show you; I will enlighten you!” She then made sure to introduce him to her culture and cuisine.
The Sous Chef thoroughly enjoys Persian food and has learned to make a few dishes on his own. In fact, he has become so good that when frequenting Persian restaurants he can detect good, and not so good, Persian cuisine. When ordering authentic Persian dishes, which are not always liked by Westerners, he is occasionally given a worried look by the waiter…little do they know! The Chef and The Sous Chef are currently happily married.
The Taste Tester
Indi, aka The Taste Tester, aka The Four Legged Kitchen Vacuum, aka The Dog, is an American Staffordshire Terrier mixed with Labrador. She loves Basmati rice and homemade Lavashak. One of the luckiest days of her life was when a piece of kotlet fell on the floor. She day dreams about the day that she comes across another piece of kotlet on the floor, accidentally of course!