About Delicious Israel
Delicious Israel’s personalized walking, travel and cooking tours introduce traveling foodies and culture-seekers to authentic Israeli lifestyle. On our tantalizingly tasty adventures, we hear from the brothers running a third-generation Turkish family-owned deli on Levinsky Street, we taste shakshuka at a private Yemenite home nestled next to Shuk HaCarmel, and we learn about the origins of different spices from the immigrants who brought them to Israel. We introduce travelers to Israel at its purest: Israel freshly squeezed. Israel newly baked. Israel raw.
About the Founder
Founded in 2011 by former attorney and yoga instructor, Inbal Baum, Delicious Israel’s intimate culinary crusades have since taken the lead as one of the country’s most enticing ways to explore what it truly means to be an Israeli by engaging with those who call the holy land home.
After working as an attorney in New York City, years of Jewish and Israel-related organizational work and consulting in the private and public sectors, Inbal left behind the desk jobs and immigrated to Israel in 2009 to follow her entrepreneurial heart and passion. As an amateur chef (with a specialized focus on ice cream-making) and yoga instructor, Inbal is always excited for her next food and yoga adventure—in Israel and around the globe.
Moran Broza was trained as a chef in South Africa and has been traveling the world and feeding people through the kitchen and with her passion for food since, including in the educational arena, through her entrepreneurial endeavor - Be. Having worked as a chef, business manager and consultant in South Africa, Europe and Israel, Moran is excited to be home sharing her love for Israeli cuisine (its origins, history, and flavors) and is excited and proud to share her foodie knowledge with anyone who will listen. She eagerly looks forward to meeting you so that she can share her favorite local spots with you!
Judith Goldstein knew she was meant to work with food from the young age of 15 when she got her first job in a bakery. After receiving her second degree in Food Culture and Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, Judith started a career as a writer in the food tech industry. Guiding food tours gives Judith the opportunity to share her two greatest passions - food and the urban magic of Tel Aviv.
Ilana Butrimovitz's earliest memories are from spending time in her grandmother’s kitchen where she learned first hand how to cook traditional Sephardic food. After growing up in San Francisco (foodie haven) and graduating from the University of Washington in Seattle (eating all the fresh fish one could imagine), Ilana moved to Israel to pursue a master’s degree in Jewish Education and Jewish History in Jerusalem. Hooked on Israel, Ilana made Aliya in 2010 and has since been combining her passions of Israeli history and culture mixed with her passion for food. As a former resident of Tel Aviv's two main markets, she can’t wait to share with you her favorite eateries. Besides enjoying good eats Ilana has recently taken up surfing and is learning to play the banjo.
Rachel Myerson's passion for food sprung upon her after moving to Israel three years ago from the UK, when she discovered the creative joys of home cooking. Inspired by Jewish traditional dishes, abundant local produce and travelling around the globe, she has found unexpected joy in exploring cultures through the food that they eat. As a freelance journalist, Rachel considers herself one lucky lady to be able to research and write about food, then share her findings with all of you!
Maura Schonwald was born and raised in Oklahoma where her earliest memories were making matzo ball chicken soup with her grandfather. She graduated from Indiana University, studied in Australia, worked at a micro-brewery and spent all her free time experimenting with cooking and creating new recipes. After college she moved to Mexico to do coral reef conservation and became a scuba instructor. In 2012 she left Mexico to join her sister in Israel. Her love and passion for food eventually lead her to become the Head Chef at Cafe XoHo where she was able to create weekly and seasonal specials, and experiment with baked goods, her favorite being bagels and cookies. Maura is thrilled to be part of the Delicious Israel family and introduce new friends and travelers to the markets and tasty treats of Tel Aviv.
Jared Erman grew up in the kitchen. For as long as he can remember he would help his father prepare family meals, be it on a grill, in the oven (standard or Dutch), or even in a wok. After studying marketing and entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona he spent over two years working at an investing firm in Tucson, a world city of gastronomy. While shifting between firms, he decided to spend several months interning with Delicious Israel to explore his passion for food while learning more about his cultural roots. Jared is a Fourth Degree Master Instructor in the Korean-American martial art of Modern Tang Soo Do, and served as the University of Arizona’s head coach for six years. Perhaps one day he’ll combine his love of food and karate and become a hibachi chef.