Nayran’s story

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 ( )

‘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

Cooking Classes

Breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, Syrian food can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

Many cooking class participants have bonded over one of Nayran’s chopping boards to celebrate a birthday, hen’s night, baby shower or simply the joy of friendship and family.

Nayran happily brings the flavours of Syria to your home or your kitchen of choice.


Nayran’s joie de vivre, matched with her culinary expertise means that your next event will certainly be a pleasure of the palate.

Nayran caters for all types of meals; breakfast or brunch, home-based dinner parties, weddings, birthdays, conferences, or just an excuse to catch up. Her menus might start with a range of mezze dips, a rice and meat or vegetarian dish and some indulgent sweets such as baklava to finish.

Nayran in the news

Back your Neighbour

Bank your Neighbour | 4th December 2018

Cooks meals for the homeless

Nayran Tabiei arrived in Australia fleeing the violent civil war in Syria. She left behind a successful career as a chef […]