About

"I was born and raised in Jerusalem, and this is where I learned to cook, by following my grandmother and exploring the different tastes and aromas of the Jerusalem’s streets — from the stalls in the markets to her frying pan.

My grandmother's story is one that tells of the heritage of my cooking: my grandma Lea was born in Poland where, like me, she learned to cook from her grandmother. The food she cooked came from the eastern European shtetl. This is where our ancestors lived, loved, worked, and prayed. When she came to Jerusalem she found herself in an entirely new world. Her neighbors came from all over the world and, like herself, received all of their early culinary education from their grandmothers.like her.

This is what is so special about the city of Jerusalem. It is the center of the world and it draws people from all backgrounds and walks of life. While my grandmother was cooking she was also constantly talking with her neighbors through the windows; the woman next door was born in Morocco and taught her how to use saffron. A woman down the street came from Yemen and she taught her how to make malawah.

I had always wanted to open my own restaurant, a place that would reflect the secrets of my grandmother and the culinary secrets of Jerusalem, and together with my best friend and fellow chef, Uri Navon, we have made this dream come true.

Whether in Jerusalem's Machneyuda or London's Palomar or Paris's Balagan, each and every of my eleven restaurants have their own personality and story, yet they share this amazing encounter between the streets of Jerusalem and of the experiences and lessons learned from European culture and fine dining."

Lectures & Workshops

Assaf Granit's lectures touch not only the world of restaurateurs, food research and the integration of cultures, but also the world business and entrepreneurship in general. choose a lecture or a workshop to fit your team.

Food throughout history

The connection between Fredinand the 2nd and spaghetti with tomato sauce.

Restaurant A-Z

How to make it or break it in the business – the tough numbers behind the beautiful dishes.

Innovation

The restaurant experience in
modern day living.

In the line of fire

Decision making under pressure – whether in the kitchen or the back office.

Workshops

cooking workshops and demonstrations suited for private groups and organizations alike.

Events

private and business events tailored to
the clients every need.

CookBooks

The Palomar - The Cookbook

From southern Spain through North Africa to the Middle East, the book of the award-winning Palomar restaurant takes traditional dishes and re-translates them through the eyes of a chef in a modern kitchen.

Otto Ochel - A taste of Jerusalem

23 neighborhoods, 23 guests, 23 recipes. “Otto Ochel” is a culinary-social-artistic journey by chef Assaf Granit, together with the "cultural season" in the streets of Jerusalem.

Let’s Work Together

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