|Shereen Arazm Koules|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Known for||Judge on Top Chef Canada|
Shereen Arazm Koules (born 1972) is a restaurateur, nightclub owner, and television personality who lives in Los Angeles. She was also the "resident" judge on the highly-rated television series, Top Chef Canada for 4 seasons and the brand ambassador for Nespresso Canada in 2013 and 2014. LA Times Magazine named Arazm one of the top 4 entertainment hosts in Los Angeles in 2007.
Early life and education
Arazm was born in Toronto in 1972 to a Scottish mother and Iranian father. Her father left Iran at the age of 14 to study in Europe. The family eventually settled in Toronto. Arazm waited tables in Toronto at the age of 18 at a restaurant called Terroni. She then moved to New York City where she attended art school for a week and half before dropping out. She tended bar and managed restaurants in New York. In 2000, Arazm lost out on an opportunity to purchase a bar on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. After that incident, she moved to Los Angeles where she quickly found work as a bartender at a club called, Las Palmas.
Arazm's entrepreneurial career began in earnest in 2003 when she partnered with her Las Palmas boss, Loyal Pennings, to create Concorde, a nightclub in Los Angeles. The first major event held at the club was a birthday party for Ben Affleck thrown by then girlfriend Jennifer Lopez. In 2004, she partnered with the Dolce Group to open Geisha House, a sushi restaurant also located in Los Angeles. Also in 2004, she bought out Loyal Pennings' shares in Concorde to own it outright. She would later rebrand the club to the more feminine "Shag" in 2005.
She opened several clubs from 2007 to 2008 including Parc and Central. In 2009, she opened another club called Wonderland in Hollywood's Cahuenga Corridor. In 2007, she partnered with Cossmio Mammoliti to bring Terroni (the restaurant she worked at as an 18 year-old in Toronto) to Los Angeles. The two opened a second Terroni location in downtown Los Angeles in 2013 along with additional partner, Max Stefanelli.
In 2010, Food Network Canada announced that Arazm would be the "resident" judge in the upcoming Top Chef Canada television series. Arazm served as judge for the show's entire 4-season run before it was eventually canceled in 2014. Arazm had previously been featured in an episode of the Canadian Slice Channel program, Women on Top in 2007.
Arazm married film producer and former Tampa Bay Lightning co-owner, Oren Koules, in 2008. The two had met by happenstance three years prior on a flight from Toronto to Los Angeles. The couple has had two daughters, Sam (born 2008) and Neve (born 2011). She also has a stepson, Miles (born 1994), from her husband's previous marriage. Miles is a professional ice hockey player.
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- Dolce Group official website.
- Top Chef Canada official website.
- Shereen Arazm at the Chef and Restaurant Database.