WWE stars show off cooking skills in ‘Social Kitchen’

Rhyno and Heath Slater cooking their steaks under the supervision of Basma El-Khereiji in her ‘Social Kitchen’ ahead of the official opening of the restaurant. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 01 May 2018

WWE stars show off cooking skills in ‘Social Kitchen’

  • The stars took part in a steak-cooking session at Jeddah's Social Kitchen
  • Slater was thrilled to be a part of the session and said that he was enjoying his trip to Jeddah

JEDDAH: WWE stars Rhyno and Heath Slater participated in a steak-cooking session in Jeddah on Thursday under the supervision of “Social Kitchen” restaurant owner Basma El-Khereiji.

The guests were warmly welcomed by the chef. 

“I started in marketing and advertising but I didn’t like it so then I decided to pursue food as my career because that is what makes me happy,” she told them.


Food stories

Rhyno and Slater then grabbed their cooking gear and followed the chef’s instructions throughout the session.

The wrestlers were thrilled as they chatted and shared their food stories while they grilled their steaks. 

“I will definitely make this for my family once I go back home,” Heath said.

When their steaks were done they made gnocchi pasta, made with potatoes. Rhino was thrilled as he is from an Italian background. 

When they were finished cooking, the WWE stars presented their dishes to the chef for tasting and judging. She tried both dishes and decided it was a tie. 

Basma El-Khereiji guides Heath Slater. (AN photo)

“I have learned so much today thanks to chef Basma,” Slater said.

“I can handle both of them pretty well I think; This proves size doesn’t matter,” El-Khereiji  joked.

Slater was thrilled to be a part of the session and said that he was enjoying his trip to Jeddah. “The people have been great so far, they are very warm and welcoming,” he said.

Later, when the wrestlers were finished with their food, they chatted with the audience and took pictures with fans.

The restaurant is soon to open officially and the first guests could not have been more special for Basma.

“I had a great time with the wrestlers and hopefully you will come and have a great meal too,” she said in a message to the people of Jeddah.

SemSem’s Ramadan line has a charitable twist

US-Somali model Halima Aden has worked with SemSem in the past.
Updated 22 May 2018

SemSem’s Ramadan line has a charitable twist

Famed French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent once said that the city of Marrakesh taught him color. It seems that the Moroccan city has struck again, serving as the inspiration for SemSem’s bold Ramadan line this season.

With its mélange of cultural currents and cosmopolitan charge, the bustle of Marrakesh is manifest in SemSem’s red-based collection. A brassy fire-engine trench and gilded-blush maxi are among the highlights of the edit, available exclusively at luxury e-tailers The Modist and Ounass.

For those seeking bold, iftar-appropriate looks this season, SemSem’s berry-red jumpsuit or high-low hemmed jacquard top are both beautiful, souk-inspired statement pieces.  Floral prints appearing throughout the collection recall the Majorelle garden, Saint Laurent’s lush Marrakesh property. 

Separates, including tailored pants befitting the refined city-stroller, can be paired with the collection’s pleated tops or layered for dramatic effect. 

Self-consciously eschewing derivatives of slouched kaftans, the pieces all feature refined, structured cuts. True to the brand’s aesthetic, SemSem’s Ramadan collection is an unabashed ode to modern, metropolitan femininity.

 Founder Abeer Al-Otaiba, who originally hails from Egypt, says this year’s Ramadan edit was “deeply personal.

“I wanted it to be beautiful, impactful and reflective of my heritage,” Al-Otaiba said.  “I enjoy the sense of purpose Ramadan represents and I try to embrace all that it has to offer. Creating this collection is an extension of this time of introspection and celebration.”

A dedicated philanthropist with a degree in civil engineering and stints spent living across the Middle East, Europe and America, Al-Otaiba created SemSem in 2015 as a way to celebrate women and children across the globe. Bestowing the label with her daughter’s nickname, Al-Otaiba’s vision has allowed SemSem to mature in a few short years, emerging at the forefront of the luxury, ready-to-wear market.

With lines for both women and girls, the brand has become a favorite of multi-tasking mothers seeking balance and an elegant wardrobe with a charitable sense of purpose. Every season, Al-Otaiba teams up with a non-profit promoting the well-being of women and children. 

This year, 10 percent of the sales from the brand’s Ramadan collection sold at Ounass will go to causes supported by the Dubai Cares charity.

Previously, Al-Otaiba sought to raise awareness about maternal mortality rates and youth illiteracy, supporting organizations working across Africa to empower women and children. 

Insisting on the confluence of doing good and dressing well, SemSem has become a celebrity favorite, worn by conscientious Hollywood moms like Blake Lively and Kourtney Kardashian. 

Showing at Paris Fashion Week and regularly written up in Vogue, SemSem has brought a jet-set chic to mother-daughter wear. 

But the line’s ethos isn’t about red-carpet glitter. Encouraging mothers to instill a sense of global awareness and dedication to philanthropy in their daughters lies at the heart of SemSem’s mission. It’s a perfect conversation — and the perfect conversation-provoking ensembles— to have this Ramadan season.