‘Cooking Together Has Changed our Attitudes Towards Each Other’

Melissa Loukieh
Jul 11, 2019 · 4 min read
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Sevgi hosts Nesrin over a cup of tea to chat and discuss their Kitchen of Hope experience. Photo: WFP/MelissaLoukieh

Nesrin is from Syria, Sevgi is from Turkey. They have different stories and different outlooks, but they share a passion for cooking. This passion led them to WFP’s Kitchen of Hope initiative which gives cooking skills and work experience to both Syrian refugees and Turkish nationals.

ANKARA — Nesrin started cooking when she was only seven because her mother became sick. Sevgi has always watched cooking programmes on TV and bought cooking books. Both women thought about working in the catering sector but for one reason or another it didn’t happen. Now they are participating in WFP’s Kitchen of Hope (Mutfakta Umut Var) programme and their hopes look a little more realistic.

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Nesrin has now her own recipe book that contains notes on what she learned during the project. Photo: WFP/MelissaLoukieh
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Thanks to Kitchen of Hope, Sevgi didn’t just learn new recipes, she also improved her food decoration skills. Photo: WFP/MelissaLoukieh
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Standing one on each side of the chef, Nesrin and Sevgi learn new cooking techniques during the Kitchen of Hope training. Photo: WFP/OzanToptas

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