Racil Chalhoub on her Middle Eastern cooking secrets

The fashion designer can’t resist good chocolate and watching the sunrise after a night out

Written by The Sette February 2, 2021

Beruit-born, Paris-raised designer Racil Chalhoub’s slick suiting is synonymous with the style set. Her namesake label, Racil, was founded in 2015 and fashion influencers soon fell in love with her unique approach to the modern tuxedo; now, she’s stocked everywhere from Selfridges to Browns. In the kitchen, Racil takes inspiration from her Middle Eastern heritage, filling her fridge with fresh fruit and vegetables to conjure recipes like roasted cauliflower with pomegranate and tahini. Despite her usually healthy habits, Racil has a sweet spot for good desserts: she’ll always take them to a dinner party and never misses her daily coffee and chocolate break. A habit we can absolutely get on board with…

The most used appliance in my kitchen is…

My Kettle.

The one cookbook everyone should own is…

Dalia’s Kitchen. My childhood best friend & my go to person for all things food related! Dalia’s recipes are cosy, delicious and homey.

In my fridge you’ll always find….

Lots organic fruit and vegetables, eggs, avocados, oat milk, goats cheese, and chocolate (yes I like to keep it in the fridge).

Favourite item from The Sette is…

The vegetable cutlery rests, and I do love the croissant porcelain box too.

No celebration is complete without…

Good friends.

When I’m invited to dinner I always take…

Dessert or delicious chocolates.

The restaurant I’ll be rushing to after lockdown is…

Probably La Petite Maison. Although I would much rather be rushing back to Beirut for home made Lebanese food at my parents house.

My guilty pleasure is…

My daily coffee and chocolate break. Every afternoon, without fail.

For dinner tonight…

I’ll be making roasted cauliflower with tahini and pomegranate.

Jet-sette… favourite holiday spot?

The Greek islands.

Sette the record straight… something people might not know about you?

I never cooked before lockdown and now I can’t get enough of it!

Sunrise or sunsette… favourite time of the day?

Both! Watching the sun set is one of my favourite and most sacred things to do, and I do love watching the sunrise but only after a good night out!

Heart sette on… what’s on your wishlist?

A new sofa. I have my eye on a vintage one…. And a new Sette of plates 🙂