Jade George spends the majority of her waking hours bringing the best of Lebanese culture to the forefront. While George’s most visible role might be that of Middle East academy chair for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, her passion is in simple food and in celebrating the effort of the people in the entire supply chain. A former food critic for Time Out Beirut, George is a co-founder of Art And Then Some, an independent publishing house and ideas factory based in her native city of Beirut. Among the work it publishes is The Carton, a food culture magazine cantered around the Middle East that boldly dedicates entire issues to tahini or shawarma. Lebanon is undergoing one of the toughest economic and political incidents of its entire history, including a currency devaluation, a revolution against governmental corruption and a tragic blast that took place last August 4 said to be the third largest explosion in human history. But the stories of the people of this country are ones worth telling and their generosity of spirit is worth celebrating.
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