Sarit Packer was born in Northern Israel and has done a lot since: she has moved to London twice, she trained as a chef in Butlers Wharf cookery school, worked at the Orrery in Marylebone, rolled pasta by the beach, got married, made cookies in a disused chicken coop, ran an all day bistro, made truffles on the 8th floor of the OXO tower, headed the pastry section in Ottolenghi and set up Nopi in Soho as executive chef. She set up Honey & Co (with her husband) in 2012 and has slept very little since.
Itamar Srulovich was born in Jerusalem and moved to Tel Aviv to pursue his dream of becoming a backgammon champion beach bum – something he still aspires to be. He started his kitchen life in Orna & Ella, A Tel Aviv institution. He got married and moved to London where he cooked in the Oxo tower and headed the Kitchen in Ottolenghi before setting up Honey & Co (with his wife) in 2012. He only plays backgammon on holidays now.
Joint ventures; Honey & Co – A tiny diner serving traditional, homey Middle Eastern fair in London’s Fitzrovia set up & run by Sarit, Itamar and the most amazing team. Since opening we have published a cookbook that tells about setting up the restaurant and a baking book that tells about our daily routines at work. We have opened a little deli called Honey & Spice and a big Grill house called Honey & Smoke, both in the neighbourhood, and we write a weekly column for the FT weekend magazine. Our latest book ‘At home’ is all about the food we cook in our own kitchen and our life outside of work, whatever there is of it.