In the highly competitive world of culinary arts, the challenges to the kosher cuisine chef are even more daunting than others, requiring great creativity and the capacity for improvisation.
Enter Chef Sara Black, 33, an Orthodox Jewish woman who has met these multiple challenges, and who, after years of hard work, has conquered the peak of culinary success. A year ago, Sara became the Executive Chef at the Mount Zion boutique hotel in Jerusalem. With that move, Sara became the first woman to serve as head chef in an Israeli hotel.
Sara was born in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem, to a British and American couple, the eldest of ten children. She now lives in Efrat, Gush Etzion, where she raises her 13-year-old daughter and runs her own business offering kosher catering and private chef services worldwide.
She began her career as a breakfast chef for the Shalom Plaza hotel in Neve Ilan, and from there moved up the professional ladder until she gained enough experience to take the qualification exams for chefs given by the Ministry of Industry—which she passed with distinction. An authorized chef, Sara has completed additional courses and internships at Michelin starred restaurants in France and Europe , then went on to gain rich experience, both in Israel and abroad, in making popular dishes perfectly kosher.
Among her clients you’ll find many diplomats and other public Figures, including IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Ganz, former Minister, MK Eli Yishai (Shas), the Grand Rebbe of Belz, former Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yona Metzger, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu zt”l, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin E. Dempsey, Russian oligarch Rafael Rothman, and American philanthropist Ira Rennert.
Sara expertly combines different styles, while maintaining the traditional tone and the kashrut requirement, to create contemporary menus. Her dishes are aesthetically pleasing and impressive, with vibrant colors and precise taste. Any connoisseur will recognize that a person of great culinary talent and experience stands behind these dishes. Sara offers different menus and varieties, and the fact that they’re made in strict adherence to kosher laws does not detract at all from their quality.
Sara always matches her menus to the varied tastes and desires of her clients, including those clients requesting dietetic foods, diabetic, vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free meals. For all clientele, Sara succeeds in creating unique gourmet meals that are rich in variety, taste, smell and color.
Sara Black is available internationally as a private chef for the Jewish holidays and other occasions, Sara can arrange all staff you might need, take care of the shopping, build your own menu from traditional to gourmet, your taste and desires and finally will make you feel you’re dining in luxury within the comfort of your own home!
Sara’s ability to flawlessly cater individual events such as Gala’s, cocktails, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s and any other get together that requires Kosher catered food is a testament to her hard work and natural creativity. Her warmth and approachable personality while not compromising on style or quality is what shines through.