A native Jerusalemite who grew up near the city’s famed Mahane Yehuda market, Chef Tali Friedman received her formal culinary training from Hadassah College and Paris’ elite Lenôtre school. With over fifteen years of experience cooking alongside Israel’s finest chefs, Friedman, also a mother of three, decided to share her passion for Israeli cuisine and the market with others. In addition to hosting a cooking show and writing a cookbook, the young entrepreneur began offering tours of Mahane Yehuda and cooking classes five years ago. In October 2009, Tali Friedman acquired her own space: the Atelier – an enticing, state-of-the-art cooking studio situated in the heart of the market.
Friedman’s tours and accompanying workshops engage all the senses. After absorbing the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of the lively and colorful Mahane Yehuda market, participants accompany Friedman to her studio, where they take part in an interactive cooking workshop. After working together to cook Friedman’s original recipes – which highlight seasonal produce and showcase an elegant, modern take on Israeli cuisine – participants will enjoy the multi-course meal they helped prepare.
Weather permitting, the meal may be eaten on the Atelier’s breezy rooftop, overlooking Mahane Yehuda and all of Jerusalem.