Jade George spends the majority of her waking hours bringing the best of Lebanese and Mediterranean culture to the forefront. While George’s most visible role might have been 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 The Carton, which started off as a food culture magazine based in her native city of Beirut that boldly dedicates entire issues to tahini or shawarma, and expanded to bringing some of these stories to life in physical spaces. 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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