Chef Fariyal Abdullahi shares her childhood memories growing up in Ethiopia and the food rituals she holds close when she is missing home. She talks about picking a sheep every Friday for their family and why these experiences deepened her connection to food and perspective. Fariyal talks about moving from Ethiopia to the states at 16 years old, her first experiences with American food, and why she decided to pivot her career to becoming a chef. She talks about graduating from the CIA and landing in the kitchen of the greatest restaurant in the world in Copenhagen and some hallmarks of Scandinavian cuisine. Fariyal shares why she decided to take a year off to rest and prioritize her mental health and leave kitchens to start consulting in the industry. She talks about her experience walking the red carpet at the Met Gala last year and what kind of kitchen culture is important to cultivate. Fariyal reveals the Food Network shows and chefs that are her favorite and why she doesn’t think her cooking style works for competition.