Cooking for Persian New Year: About Tayebeh

Tayebeh is a chef for Melbourne's social enterprise Free to Feed. She is Originally from Ilam, a Kurdish city in the western part of Iran.

Cooking for Persian New Year

Learn how to make Sabzi Polo ba Mahe (herbed rice with fish), a traditional Persian dish with Free to Feed chef, Tayebeh!


Originally from Ilam, a Kurdish city in the western part of Iran, Tayebeh grew up with a fusion of influences from her Iranian grandmother and Iraqi mother.

Tayabeh’s work and studies traverse architecture in Iran to child-care here in Melbourne, but her true passion is to share her traditional Kurdish cuisine with fellow food-lovers.

In Iran, Tayebeh’s culture was repressed – even in Kurdish towns, her language was not spoken and it was hard to find work. Today, she is excited to be having open conversations about the colourful and proud aspects of her culture and heritage.

To be able to teach is a gift that enables her to find herself and feel close to her father – who was also a teacher. Tayebeh feels like she is making him proud with each lesson she gives. Naturally, her goal is to teach as many classes as possible!

In 2021 Tayebeh has embarked on the creation of an exciting all-Vegan menu which she is excited about, as Persian food is well known for its butter and meats.

Tayebeh is ready to walk you through the cardamom-filled streets of Iran!

Free to Feed have just launched an array of new cooking classes and instructors - including Tayebeh! If you'd like to find out more about a class with Free to Feed, click the link below.

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