Dima, who grew up as part of the Palestinian diaspora in Jordan, was always surrounded by quality food. Her family owned the first and largest citrus farms in Jordan and so Dima learnt, from a very young age, the importance of quality ingredients.
After years dedicated to work with NGOs and community-based organisations in the fields of social development, training and communications, Dima began her professional food journey. In 2006, she started a catering service in Dubai, creating high-end bespoke menus and quality food items ranging from exotic to regional menus and cocktail bites.
In 2009, Dima began providing culinary training to home cooks as well as professionals in specific topics. With time, Dima expanded her services into an all-encompassing food training and communications service, incorporating blogging, photography and film.
Today, Dima Al Sharif runs one of the most celebrated food blogs in the UAE, Dima Al Sahrif “Back to Land and Home”. Her blog has become a beacon for industry professionals, home cooks and fans alike, with articles spanning across culinary travel; culture; food history; recipes and, above all, insights into the art of cooking through her step-by-step tutorials. This led her to launch a range of seasonal and organic pickles and preserves, Dima Al Sharif’s Organic Mooneh Essentials.
Dima is a sought-after chef and a respected culinary figure in the Middle East. She has partnered with international brands like Kenwood, Nestle, ITChefs Consulting, IFOAM, DECIDE – Diabetes Awareness Organization, Sister Olive Oil and OBE Organic.
Dima is also the organizer and training chef of the annual specialty Food Styling & Photography Workshop in Dubai, and is appointed as the public face and official blogger for the Italian Cuisine World Summit and Italian Cuisine In The World Forum.
Dima recently published her first cookbook Plated Heirlooms, a 500-page exploration of her native Falasteen (Palestine) and its rich culinary history through generations of Palestinian cooking.