Name: Maayan Zilberman
Current Location: New York
Day Job: Owner/Designer: The Lake & Stars
Daily Uniform: Most of my wardrobe is made up of dresses and skirts, so combos of these with layers of The Lake & Stars items that I usually show under sheer pieces.
I have a few: New dresses from some of my designer friends that I’m excited to try for Fall. One of the perks of being a designer is doing trades!
In the kitchen, I swear by: Spice mixes I buy at my favorite stall in Jerusalem’s old market. You can add them to any dish, sweet or savory, and it turns them to magic.
The taste I couldn’t live without: Basil—this is also a smell I couldn’t live without.
Most incredible dinner out: If the owner of a restaurant serves the food, it doesn’t matter what it is, it automatically tastes good to me.
I’m dying to go to: I’ve always wanted to visit the Fat Duck in England. I’d also love to retrace the steps I took with my mom in rural Spain years ago, where we ate regional tapas, and to this day, talk about how nothing will ever taste the same. Rosetta in Mexico City is the place I would like to replicate and transplant in my building’s lobby.
Favorite Recipe: The mistake I made on my signature banana/white chocolate cake I made seven years ago. It’s my best success story. Even banana haters end up liking it, so it’s my favorite people pleaser.
If I could cook for anyone: My favorite thing is to bake for children, they get so excited about desserts that they look like they might explode. It’s the best feeling. But if I could play the name game, it would have to be Martha Stewart. I grew up deconstructing her dessert recipes and making them with a sense of humor. I’d love to serve her some of her recipes, but presented with my aesthetic and garnishes. I think we could have a real laugh.
Top 5 Meals:
1. Sour kibbe soup, mallawach and labne with eggs, then baklavah at Shuk in Jerusalem
2. Corn tacos & pork tamales with jamaica juice at Tacombi in New York
3. Summer squash & skirt steak, followed by peach tarte tatin at Applewood in Brooklyn
4. Spaghetti with lemon, followed by panna cotta with aged balsamic vinegar at Il Buco in New York
5. Sashimi selection at Kiku in Brooklyn
My Motto: Bored people are boring.