Model Jessica Kahawaty launches new food venture with her mother

Jessica Kahawaty and her mother Rita launched their first food delivery concept this week. File/Instagram
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Updated 14 September 2020

Model Jessica Kahawaty launches new food venture with her mother

DUBAI: Jessica Kahawaty has been teasing her fans for the past few weeks about a major project that she’s been working on and now it’s finally here.

This week, the Dubai-based Lebanese-Australian model and humanitarian launched her first food venture with her mother Rita Kahawaty. Titled Mama Rita, the new service is a food delivery venture that focuses on healthy, home-cooked meals that her mother specializes in, and which she routinely shares on social media. 



I can’t believe the day is finally here! My emotions cannot be put into words. For years, every single person that tasted my mothers’ food told her she should share it with the world. I’m so proud that today, we launch Mama Rita, a food brand that delivers delicious, fresh and homey food in Dubai and soon the world! Everyone... Meet @MamaRita and Order Now on - مش مصدقة أنو أخيراً إجا هيدا النهار. على مدا سنين، كل شخص داق طبخ أمي كان يقول: لازم تتشاركي الأكل مع العالم. انا كتير فخورة اليوم بإطلاق ماما ريتا، أطباق لذيذة وطازجة ومنزلية تتوصل في دبي وقريبًا في العالم. تعرفوا على ماما ريتا وطلبوا على @mamarita

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“I just want to bring my mother’s passion to life. Her food is incredible, and I want the world to try it for themselves,” said the 32-year-old in conversation with Vogue Arabia. 

“For years and years, everyone has been pleading with me to do something with my food—a cookbook, a show, a restaurant, anything! I love cooking for my friends and family as well as sharing new recipes,” said the model’s mother Rita, adding to her daughter’s statement. 

“We wanted people to taste the food from my hands and not simply read a recipe. And this is how we started exploring Mama Rita, a food delivery concept with the slogan: From My Kitchen to Your Home,” she added, explaining why the duo decided to launch a food delivery service rather than take the cookbook route.

According to the duo, Mama Rita only uses high quality, fresh ingredients, which are ethically sourced from the local farmers and communities.

A glimpse at the menu reveals a mouth-watering selection of traditional, Middle Eastern-inspired dishes with a contemporary twist such as beetroot hummus, oven-baked fatayer with spinach stuffing, a chicken shawarma platter marinated in spices and sauces overnight and a selection of salads including tabbouleh and fattoush. 



Meet the Original Mloukhiyeh. Rice lovers will rejoice in this taste of happiness and home. #mamarita

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For Jessica’s part, she handles the logistics of the company, focusing on branding, content, photography, procuring, copywriting and website design. 

As an activist and UNICEF ambassador, Kahawaty’s new venture is launching with a philanthropic element, with 100% of Mama Rita’s profits from the first two weeks going to victims of the Beirut explosion.

It’s been a busy week for Kahawaty, who turned 32 this week. The humanitarian celebrated her special day with a disco-themed birthday dinner alongside her loved ones in Dubai.

French-Tunisian star Sonia Ben Ammar joins the cast of ‘Scream 5’

Updated 20 September 2020

French-Tunisian star Sonia Ben Ammar joins the cast of ‘Scream 5’

DUBAI:Up-and-coming French-Tunisian singer, model and actor Sonia Ben Ammar has joined the cast of “Scream 5,”  it’s been revealed this week.

 According to Variety, production on Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures’ upcoming relaunch of the  famous horror film franchise is set to begin later this month.

Filmmaking duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who are behind “Ready or Not,” are directing the forthcoming film.

The first “Scream” film was released in 1996, well before Ben Ammar was even born.  A smash hit upon its debut, the movie helped to revive the horror genre, becoming the highest-grossing slasher movie of all-time. 

This will be Paris-born Ammar’s first high-profile Hollywood gig as an actress. She along with other young franchise newcomers will be joining returning cast members David Arquette, Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell, who are all reprising their iconic roles as Dewey Riley, Gale Weathers and Sidney Prescott.

Plot details for the new film, set to debut in theaters on Jan. 14, 2022, are still under wraps,  so it is not yet known what role the French-Arab star will be taking on.

“I’m SCREAMing of excitement!! (sic)” wrote the 21-year-old on Instagram, announcing the news to her 730,000 social media followers. “Incredibly grateful to be part of one of my favorite franchises. 2nd photo is my face when I got the call lol (sic),” she captioned a screenshot of Variety’s article announcing the news and a blurry snap of her clearly overjoyed. 

However, it’s not the multi-hyphenate model’s first foray into the film industry.

Ben Ammar, who is the daughter of Tunisian film director Tarek Ben Ammar and actress Beata, previously starred in Guillaume Canet’s French-language film “Jappeloup” as well as the stage musical “1789: Les Amants de la Bastille.”

She’s also appeared in several music videos, including “Drivin’ Thru the Night” by DJ Petit Biscuit, as well as clips for her own singles, such as “Joyride” from her debut EP.

In addition to music, Ben Ammar is also a rising model, and has worked for many major brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, Carolina Herrera and Chanel, among other prestigious fashion houses.