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Food Entrepreneurs

From established restaurateurs to budding kitchen creatives, these New American Food Entrepreneurs delight with their culinary gifts, while fueling the economic engine and adding to the cultural diversity of our communities.. The New Americans, a story-telling project documenting the place of refugees, immigrants and the resettled, was created by photographer Nick Sokoloff. The project aims to combat negative rhetoric and scapegoating of New Americans and to highlight the character, courage and contributions that they add to our communities. For more information visit


Noor Eddin Abdul Bari Headshot


I was a chef for 28 years and had a restaurant in my country of Syria. I left with my family to escape the civil war. I love to share food with everyone. If you have money or no money, it's okay; everyone who comes to eat is welcome. If you have friends to share food with everyone is happy. I hope in the future to open a small restaurant and share Syrian cuisine with all people. It's good to share food from all countries and bring everyone together.

Noor Eddin Abdul Bari - Country of Origin: Syria

Owner - Noor Al Sham


Anny Sooksri Headshot


Food is the pleasure of life, not just to keep you nourished, but to keep your mind open. When you exchange food and culture, you explore a different world. The food on the table is not your food or my food; it is our food.

Anny Sooksri - Country of Origin: Thailand

Owner - A Sooksri Restaurant Group


Donovan Thompson Headshot


'Wheel tha Pot!' means good food and hard work and captures the essence of Jamaica's Kitchen. In the summer of 2017, I opened Utah's first Jamaican food truck and catering business. My next dream is to open my own restaurant.

Donovan Thompson - Country of Origin: Jamaica

Owner - Jamaica's Kitchen


Emma More Headshot


I learned to cook when I was very little; my food and cuisine is the food of my mother. Cooking is my love and passion. When I cook, I am focused and I forget my worries or troubles. When people eat my food, I want them to feel content and happy.

Emma More - Country of Origin: Venezuela

Owner - La Pizca Andina


Greeta and Kamaal Niroula Headshot


In Bhutan and in the refugee camp your neighbors are your family. Everyone shares food and has companionship. Now every customer who comes to our restaurant, we try so hard to make them feel welcome, like they are going to their families house. It's coming from our heart.

Greeta and Kamaal Niroula - Country of Origin: Bhutan

Owners - Bhutan House


Kaltum Mohamad Headshot


I cooked for 2000 people in the refugee camp. I know how to feed people. I named my food business Mother of All... I share my cuisine with all people. I like everybody to taste my food and smile. When I make a lot of money, I will open a restaurant for everyone. I like Utah; everyone is very nice and smiling. Everyone should come taste my food.

Kaltum Mohamad- Country of Origin: Sudan

Owner - Mother of All Catering


Moudi Sbeity Headshot


America is a hodgepodge of cultures and people and flavors and the marriage of heritage and new interpretations. Laziz Kitchen is a reflection of Derek(husband) and myself and the values that we embody around community and food, organic and local, inclusion and acceptance... it's a place for everyone to feel welcome and included.

Moudi Sbeity - Country of Origin: Lebanon

Owner - Laziz Kitchen


Jorge Fierro Headshot


Many of us from Third World countries have a strong and beautiful relationship with food. We come from places where people may not be able to welcome you with fancy things, but they always welcome you with a great plate of food; slow-cooked food for the body and soul.

Jorge Fierro - Country of Origin: Mexico

Owner - Rico Brand


Lavanya Mahate Headshot

Food is a world language. Everybody speaks food. I'm fortunate to be able to speak to people and share the Indian culture through our food and restaurants. I'm a citizen of the world. That's how I think of myself. I love different cultures. I don't really label myself as an Indian or an American.

Lavanya Mahate - Country of Origin: India

Owner - Saffron Valley

Mayor's Office for New Americans
2001 S State Street  N1-130
PO Box 144575
Salt Lake City, UT 84190
Phone: (385) 468-4861