Mab Persian Cuisine

Mab Persian Cuisine

5.0 (1)
1 employee
8 years in business

About this pro

Mab Abbas ia an Iranian 50+  professional food inscractor at LOK and a private chef at Penington Friends Home

She is passionate about cultural culinary  and community building and food. She knows very good in Persian and Middle East food and story of each food in her culture.   

Mab is a women’s rights activist, documentary filmmaker, and educator who believes food provides a special opportunity for connection and empowerment. Mab was born in Khorramshahr, a city with a large Arab population in southern Iran, but her parents have roots in the Azeri region of northern Iran, an area whose cuisine Mab knows well. She learned about ingredients from her dad, who owned a restaurant, grocery store, and tea importing company, and about the importance of cooking “low and slow” from her mom. Mab’s mother, who was often homesick for the northern region where she grew up, also taught her daughter that cooking is the best way to bring back the flavors and smells of home. As a young woman in the late 1970s, Mab became involved in the Iranian Revolution, but later, when she became a vocal advocate for women’s rights in Iran, she was persecuted by the Islamic Republic. After being imprisoned three times during the 2000s for organizing peaceful protests, she fled Iran and moved to New York City. Before joining the League of Kitchens, Mab managed the nonprofit organization Zanan TV, and she continues to work as an educator in schools around New York City. She feels that food, like activism and education, is an important way to express herself and to connect with and understand others. (

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Brooklyn, NY 11232
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1 Review


  • Stefanie Dworkin

    To learn how to cook Persian food with Mab is a real treat! Not only did we make a delicious meal of vegetarian stew with yummy rice with tahdig (crispy bottom of rice) that I’m still dreaming about but we got to learn about Iran and it’s culture. So fascinating! She is a delight and has a winning smile and personality. You can’t go wrong with Mab Persian Cuisine.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Pre class: Asking for detail information, emailing menu and recipes in advance.

Class:  in the beginning, a small snack with introduction, teaching about preparation for cooking, cooking together and eating together. Students should bring container for  taking leftovers.  

I take care of shopping, washing and preparing ingredients and cooking a snack. During our class we will have cultural music, storytelling and lots of fun.   


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am an experimental chef and know a lot about secrets of cooking from my family. 

My other related skill is training and teaching. Long term experience  about medicinal food and healthy food.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$100 each person for one session( 90 mint)  

How did you get started teaching?


I have always been a teacher but as a food instructor I've started professionally as a private instructor since 2014 and recently with League of Kitchen 

What types of students have you worked with?

From beginner to professional, mostly New York visitors  from around the world.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

The last one was a very happy married couple from Melbourn, Australia who were in their   honeymoon and they took this class during their honeymoon.

Lessons offered

Cooking Classes Middle Eastern Cooking Classes Mixology Classes Farsi Lessons