Imad Alarnab was a successful restaurateur in Damascus with two restaurants, plus several juice bars and cafes. In the war, Imad’s restaurants were destroyed and he was forced to flee the country in search of safety for his family. Making his way from Lebanon through Europe, Imad shared his skills cooking for other refugees, up to 400 at a time, and found even in the most challenging times, his passion for food and bringing people together to celebrate life was strong.

Imad burst onto the London restaurant scene four years ago with a series of charity events that became hugely popular; supper clubs sold out within hours and hungry workers waited patiently in long queues for takeaway lunches at pop-ups. Imad’s Syrian Kitchen is his first permanent restaurant, located in Carnaby’s Kingly Court.