Naris Maridirosian was born with a good appetite. Raised near her grandfather’s fruit orchard, she knew the taste of cherries, apricots, and figs repined to perfection by her first birthday—and nothing less would do.
At the age of four she and her family immigrated to the US, and to the fruit bowl of American agriculture, California. They made a new home for themselves in Glendale, just outside of Los Angeles.
By six years old Naris was always at her mom’s side in the kitchen watching as pots of onions sizzled and rice soaked. She was introduced to the professional food world in the ninth grade, when she enrolled in her high school’s nascent culinary program.
Her instructor saw something in the fledgling culinarian and within weeks Naris was working for the instructor’s catering business. But it wasn’t all galettes and glory from the start; Naris was made the official scullery (i.e. dishwashing) maid. After proving herself as an accomplished pot scrubber, she made it onto the line.
After graduating from high school, Naris had her sights on culinary school; she packed her bags and moved to Hyde Park, NY, where she attended The Culinary Institute of America and earned an associate’s degree in culinary arts.
Since graduating, Naris has honed her palette and her skills in the kitchens of Thomas Keller, Mario Batali and Gordon Ramsay. Today she is a culinary producer for a number of TV cooking shows, cooks for private clients, and passionately advocates the beautiful seasonality and balanced simplicity of Armenian cooking via Armeniankitchen101.com. Her goal is to highlight not just the recipes on the website, but also teach curious cooks the basic techniques behind them.
See Naris in action, on national TV!