About Neda. Born in a small city in the West Coast of Canada, Neda, whose family left Iran in the early 70′s, spent her childhood surrounded by food and in the kitchen with her grandparents. A family tradition of weekly Friday night dinners continues to this day where traditional Iranian food is prepared perfectly for the 30 immediate family members. As a result, cooking and eating together are an integral part of Neda’s life now as she strives to create new types of dishes that combine traditional Persian recipes with more Western ingredients for her husband and two year old daughter. Before becoming a full time mother, Neda spent her free time teaching first graders for several years.