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Sydney Karmes-Wainer (20)

Beverly Hills, CA


  • Sydney was very close to her grandmother, and learned to cook by mimicking her. She liked her style because it was simple, yet delicious. 

  • Her grandmother was a hidden child of the Holocaust, and a lot of her recipes came from relatives who didn’t survive. 

  • Today, Sydney describes her style of cooking as simple and traditional, but with contemporary and healthy swaps. 

  • She loves Hanukkah, because that’s the only time she gets to make latkes, gefilte fish, and rugelach. 

  • Her best Hanukkah memories are spending time with her family and making jokes about gefilte fish, which she describes as an acquired taste.