By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Dearborn native and “Master Chef” Season 6 contestant Amanda Saab took the time to meet some of her local fans Sept. 15.
Saab, 26, hosted a meet-and-greet for supporters at Rafic’s Falafel, 6095 Schaefer Road. She took the time to interact and take photos with fans in attendance.
The event also helped raise money for No Kid Hungry with 10 percent of food sale proceeds going to the nonprofit.
“My followers on social media wanted an event in Dearborn where they could meet and ask me questions,” Saab said. “I thought I would also incorporate the charity as well to help such a great cause.”
Saab also mentioned she enjoys hosting meet-and-greets to put a face to her online supporters.
“I love to meet fans who write me on Twitter and Instagram,” she said. “The energy motivates me and empowers me to continue doing what I love.”
Saab was born and raised in Dearborn and also lived Dearborn Heights before moving to Seattle with her husband, Hussein Saab. She began helping her mother in the kitchen at the age of 5 and asked her parents for a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for her 16th birthday instead a car.
Today, Saab works as a social worker and spends her free time in the kitchen cooking.
“I love being able to give something to my husband and family to enjoy,” she said. “It just makes me happy to share my cooking with everyone.”
Earlier this year she competed in Season 6 of “Master Chef” with 39 other chefs from around the country.
She used her Middle Eastern cooking style to get to the eighth week of the competition before being eliminated.
For more information on Saab or recipes go to amandasplate.com.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)