Bethany Kehdy is a Lebanese-American food author and presenter most notably known by her popular Middle Eastern food blog, Dirty Kitchen Secrets. Born in Houston, Texas to an American mother and a Lebanese father, Bethany grew up in Lebanon during the countryʼs most volatile civil war years.
To shelter from the war, her family retreated to the mountains of Lebanon where her father set up an eclectic farm on the ancestral land. For a great part of her childhood, Bethany helped to water orchards, harvest fruits and vegetables, chase after chickens, make cheese, and even milk the odd cow. Bethany had the opportunity to learn the art of Middle Eastern food preparation, cooking and preserving by watching and learning from her grandmother, aunties, and father in the family kitchen.
Bethany has spent the last 4 years heating up the kitchen and establishing herself as the most provocative Middle Eastern cook online, bringing together her childhood memories of traditional Middle Eastern cuisine and interpreting it in a fresh, modern approach, all the while incorporating her well-traveled palate.
Her innate entrepreneurial spirit has led her to launch Taste Lebanon culinary journeys across Lebanon and found Food Blogger Connect, Europeʼs leading food blogging conference. She now lives in the West Country of England with her British husband and splits her time between Lebanon, England and the rest of the world.
Bethany has appeared on several cookery shows in the UK, including the popular Market Kitchen: Big Adventure and Perfect, and has cooked for and held live cooking demonstrations at Foodies Festival (Bristol & Battersea), Balade Restaurant (NYC), Tawlet (Beirut) & L’atelier des Chefs (London) hosted by Wines of Lebanon. Bethany was selected by Monocle Mediterraneo 2012 as one of the four ‘Mediterranean Food Ambassadors’, representing Lebanon and is the brand ambassador of Freekehlicious in their North American and UK Market.
Her work has been featured in many international publications including Conde Nast Traveller (IN) Food & Travel Magazine, Bon Appetit, Delicious Magazine (NL), Monocle Mediterraneo, Olive Magazine, Food Magazine, The Lady, The National (UAE), BBC Good Food Middle East, Fatafeat, and Athens News amongst others.