Nayran came to Australia as an asylum seeker from Syria. When the civil war broke out, the situation was unsafe in her hometown Damascus. She and her family decided it was time to leave and sought out a new country to call home. That country was Australia.
It was not easy for Nayran to make the decision to leave Syria for a safer life in Australia. She came via a people smuggler’s boat with her husband and daughter, facing many dangers and difficulties during her journey. However, Nayran believes this experience has helped make her the strong woman she is today and has helped her build her business from the few possessions she had when she first arrived in Australia, to one that provides for her new life here.
Through Nayran’s passion for food, she has established herself as a cooking instructor, caterer and public spokesperson in Melbourne. She was employed as a Free to Feed cooking instructor for three years. During that time, she also catered for many government, corporate and private events and volunteered regularly to cook for various not-for-profit organisations, including the Salvation Army.
Nayran now runs her own cafe in a colourful laneway in st kilda surrounded by street art next to their new partner and neighbour, Space2b Social Design ( https://space2b.com.au/ )
‘I believes that food can connect us and build community’.
Nayran has a strong commitment to giving back to the country which provided her family with a safe haven and is building her cafe as a platform to support others that are making Australia home