After formal culinary training, Chef Oren Sasson-Levy of Ishtabach restaurant in Jerusalem decided to devote his talents to making shamburak—an oblong, meat-filled Kurdish turnover his grandmother used to make him as a child. Chef Sasson-Levy opened his restaurant Ishtabach, a double entendre meaning “the man is a cook,” and a Kaddish prayer meaning “may God be praised.” At his popular Jerusalem restaurant, Chef Sasson-Levy shows us the many variations of shamburak he produces each day.

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