Amanda’s passion for food and sharing led her to compete on MasterChef; the world’s largest food competition. She was the first woman in hijab to appear on the American version of the show. Amanda earned a MasterChef apron and continued to shine in the competition, impressing Gordon Ramsay not only with her creativity in food, but her positive attitude and team work as well.
Amanda and Hussein began Dinner with Your Muslim Neighbor in January 2016, after Amanda experienced hate speech online and saw the rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the presidential campaign. She later partnered with Michael Hebb, founder of Death Over Dinner, to share Dinner with Your Muslim Neighbor with the world.
Formerly, Amanda worked as the Director of Social Services at Zaman International, a non-profit in South East Michigan, who serves women and children.
Amanda’s recipes and food photography have been featured in The Detroit Free Press, HuffPost Religion, Seattle Met Magazine, Fox 2 Detroit, Q13 Fox Seattle, Eater.com, and more. Amanda received the 2016, Arab American Professional Network Rising Star Award, and was listed as Cherry Bombe Magazines 100 Women in Food!
Currently, Amanda runs her bakery, Butter Bear Shop, in Livonia MI and serves products like baklava cheesecake, chocolate cardamom halawa cookies and breads like sourdough and golden raisin! Amanda and Hussein enjoy going on walks and signing Disney songs with their daughter, Hannah.