Panelist, We Are What We Eat
Shayma Saadat is an internationally published food writer, stylist and photographer who focuses on the food from her heritage—Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan—which she refers to as Silk Route cuisine. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, this World Bank-baby grew up in the U.S., Nigeria, Kenya, Bangladesh and the U.K. Eight years ago, true to her nomadic style, Shayma moved from Rome, where she worked for the United Nations, to Toronto. Shayma is the author of the food-memoir style blog, The Spice Spoon. In July 2011, The Spice Spoon was selected by The Independent newspaper as one of the world’s 50 best food websites. Shayma’s writing portrays the beautiful and romantic aspects of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Her work has appeared in and been recognised by The Globe and Mail, CBC, BBC Good Food Magazine, The New York Times, Hello! Magazine, OK! Magazine, Edible Toronto, The Kitchn and Food52, among others. Shayma lives in Toronto with her husband and five-year-old son.