About Us

Our
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Our
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Founded by Nasser Jaber and Daniel Dorado in October 2019, The Migrant Kitchen was born out of a shared passion for pushing boundaries and for creating delicious, accessible food.

Humble Beginnings
Humble Endings

The year is 2012 and Nas and Dan are both working at a restaurant in NYC. It is here that they meet for the first time, and the long and winding 7-year road to what will one day become The Migrant Kitchen begins. 

From here, a lot happens. We won’t bore you with the details, but restaurants are opened and closed, new ventures are pursued, lessons are learned… And for a while, Nas and Dan are passing ships, always missing each other by a moment. 

Thankfully, the universe saw to it that their paths would cross again, when Nas called up Dan with an opportunity and they–finally!–partnered up on a project that had been a long time coming, and now only needed a name.

When a mutual friend suggested The Migrant Kitchen, it felt perfect for the pair (with Nas being an immigrant himself and Dan the child of immigrants) and for what they hoped to build together: a kitchen where food cultures could combine and the flavor of dishes would change depending on who was cooking it. It didn’t hurt either, that the name fit, too: as a pop-up, their kitchen was constantly “migrating,” quite literally.

Humble Beginnings
Humble Endings

Humble Beginnings
Humble Endings

The year is 2012 and Nas and Dan are both working at a restaurant in NYC. It is here that they meet for the first time, and the long and winding 7-year road to what will one day become The Migrant Kitchen begins. 

From here, a lot happens. We won’t bore you with the details, but restaurants are opened and closed, new ventures are pursued, lessons are learned… And for a while, Nas and Dan are passing ships, always missing each other by a moment. 

Thankfully, the universe saw to it that their paths would cross again, when Nas called up Dan with an opportunity and they–finally!–partnered up on a project that had been a long time coming, and now only needed a name.

When a mutual friend suggested The Migrant Kitchen, it felt perfect for the pair (with Nas being an immigrant himself and Dan the child of immigrants) and for what they hoped to build together: a kitchen where food cultures could combine and the flavor of dishes would change depending on who was cooking it. It didn’t hurt either, that the name fit, too: as a pop-up, their kitchen was constantly “migrating,” quite literally.

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Who
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Who
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Who
we are

Nasser Jaber

Originally from Ramallah, Palestine, Nasser Jaber came to the United States to study. Working at restaurants to pay his way, Nas discovered that his true passion was food. His talents would take him from waiting tables to training under some of the best chefs in New York City. Inspired by the diverse stories of America’s immigrant communities, Nas developed his acclaimed project Displaced Kitchens. Passionate about culinary diplomacy, Nas has worked with the U.S. government in Turkey and Sweden to provide real solutions to the refugee crisis through food hospitality and farming.

Nasser Jaber

Dan Dorado

Born in Los Angeles to parents from Mexico, Daniel Dorado’s love of cooking can be traced back to his earliest years, working as a line cook alongside his older brother and Sunday dinners cooked by his abuelita. During college, Dan worked in restaurants and also realized that his love of food was much bigger than his love of communications, so he decided to pursue cooking full-time. He moved to NYC and eventually landed the position of Head Chef at Ilili. There, he was introduced to Middle Eastern spices and techniques, completely transforming the way he cooks and creates dishes.