Yisrael Aharoni

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Yisrael Aharoni
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Born July 3, 1950 (July 3, 1950)
Culinary career
Cooking style Chinese Cuisine, French Cuisine, Vietnamese cuisine

Yisrael Aharoni (Hebrew: ישראל אהרוני‎‎) (born July 3, 1950)[1] is an Israeli celebrity chef.


Aharoni, the son of Bukharan Jews, grew up in Haifa.[2] He discovered Chinese cuisine while studying art in Amsterdam.


Aharoni is a chef, restaurateur, culinary journalist, cookbook author, cooking show celebrity, and occasional disc jockey.

Aharoni studied cooking in Taiwan and in France. Upon his return to Israel, Aharoni opened his first restaurant, "Yin-Yang," on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel-Aviv. Later, he opened another restaurant in Tel Aviv, "Tai-Chi" in Gan HaIr. In the late 1990s, he opened "Tapuach Hazahav" (The Golden Apple), a French gourmet restaurant which closed after several years.[1] He owns the "Pat-Qua" Chinese-Thai restaurant in Herzliyah. He has participated in the preparation of gala meals with leading international chefs.[3]

He has hosted a number of television shows in Israel. He developed and hosted a 32 episode series on the foods of Israel's different ethnic groups. The show was purchased by the Italian Television Authority. A sequel series on different national cuisines was filmed abroad. He also hosted three seasons of a cooking show called "Private Lesson" and currently hosts "Aharoni Cooks for Friends".

Aharoni writes a culinary column for "Seven Days," the weekend magazine of the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, which has the largest Friday weekend circulation in Israel. He has traveled extensively throughout the world covering different cuisines and food trends. As of May 2013 the Union List of Israel lists 32 Hebrew cookbooks which Aharoni has authored or coauthored, including several in separate kosher and non-kosher editions. With Nelli Sheffer he coauthored "Eating Alfresco: The Best Street Food in the World", published by Abraham's in the United States in 1999. In 2012 Aharoni was working on the Foods of the Silk Road and trying to enter American television.[4]

Aharoni is also a guest disc jockey at Tel Aviv nightclubs.[3]


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