We had the good fortune of connecting with Dena Qaddura and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dena, what do you attribute your success to?
I think being Middle Eastern growing up and the United States is definitely giving me the upper hand and being able to make Middle Eastern food more approachable to the non-Arab. So I think that my recipes are really easy to achieve for anyone no matter where where they’re from because a lot of the ingredients that I use in my recipes can be found in any grocery store. So definitely this is a huge factor for success with @cookwithdena

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Getting to where I am today is still a work in progress. It’s definitely a learning curve whether it be food photography or writing out recipes to where it’s more understandable and achievable for the person that using my recipes. I am recording my recipe videos is also something that has been a lot of work I’m always trying to figure out how to show the steps in the order that wouldn’t confuse the person watching and I’m always second-guessing myself in that aspect.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So me and my best friend love to just hang out alone, laugh and cry together and have coffee and eat lol. So in my case I’d find a really nice local resort that had amazing room service and a great atmosphere so we could just chill lax and just take a break from the real world just enjoy being taken care of and just you know have no schedule, I don’t like to be tied down to a schedule I feel like that’s more stressful

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Definitely my mom, I know it sounds so cliché to say that my mom is a huge reason for my success but it’s true. I grew up in the kitchen with her and we also are had a Middle Eastern restaurant with each other for six years. I learned more from her than anyone else.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cookwithdena/

Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-N5bRwXt1IiJQZTDazzGzQ

Other: Tiktok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJTdqXbW/

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