Caity and Kat sit down with Chef Shai Fargian, the Israel-born, self-taught chef of Yafo Kitchen in Charlotte, North Carolina. His dynamic restaurant features Mediterranean dishes with strong Middle-Eastern influences. Yafo’s Kitchen may be considered a fast-casual establishment, but Shai and his staff do everything but cut corners. Everything served at Yafo Kitchen is made on-site daily, though they do keep a supply of their world-renowned bread dough in the freezer in keeping up with loyal customers. Shai discusses the importance of educating his staff about flavors unique to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, where he sources his ingredients for ultimate freshness, and his future plans for Yafo Kitchen.

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