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Check Out Eden Batki’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eden Batki.

Hi Eden, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am an artist, photographer, producer, food stylist, and cook. I started doing food pop-ups in my backyard in Echo Park about 12 years ago. I have traveled the world extensively working as a photographer for magazines and producer for CNN on food videos. During Covid, I began cooking Hungarian food and delivering to people all over LA. I am researching my roots as a half Hungarian American while working on a hopeful cookbook that is yet to be published. I have a line of aprons, kitchen towels, and bags called Fava made with fabric I commissioned and made. The images depict women around the world cooking together.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Cooking is never a smooth road in my opinion. I do most everything by myself, including shopping, prepping, meeting with farmers, creating menus, doing the administrative back end work, and cooking, and delivering! Once I got my system down and began using the app minimart to set up my menus and ordering online system it became a bit easier. I never know how many orders I will have until a few days before delivery.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an extremely creative human so when it comes to cooking, I am very interested in ingredients first and foremost. Hungarian food is something that most people don’t know much about. I take pride in the amount of research I do with ingredients that I find that could be used in Hungarian cooking. I love introducing people to new flavor combinations and showing them what I know and love about food grown in California. Whenever I find a crossover ingredient that could be found in Hungary as well as California. I spend a lot of time looking for producers of Eastern European meats, dairy, and grains. Produce in California is easy and plentiful, and I love blending it all together to make healthy delicious food. I am known for making exciting comforting food with a twist. I am not a trained chef but am proud of how much I take risks with new recipes and underused ingredients. So far, it has been working and people seem to keep ordering my food. Because of my artist background, I come at food from a holistic angle. Color, flavor, and texture are essential and need to be beautiful to the eye and the mouth.

What makes you happy?
Cooking makes me happy. When I can share my love of food and eating with others, I feel I have done something important. I am the epitome of the Jewish Grandma, always wanting to feed you.

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All photos by Eden Batki except last black and white image by Michael Bailey Gates

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