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AB Presents: Virtual Cooking with Sohla El-Waylly

Student Organizations
Monday, Apr 5, 2021 at 7:00 PM (ET)

Sohla El-Waylly can currently be seen starring in The HISTORY® Channel’s online series Ancient Recipes with Sohla. In each episode, Sohla takes the food you know and love and traces it back to its origins detailing the surprising history of fan-favorite dishes as she attempts to recreate the original version using historical cooking techniques and ingredients. Along the way, Sohla also highlights the differences between the ancient recipe and how we would prepare the modern version today. The series is a digital companion for The HISTORY® Channel’s popular broadcast show, The Food That Built America.


This year, Sohla was included in the TIME100 Next list, highlighted as one of the emerging leaders who are shaping our future. Sohla is also currently one of the first-ever Resident Experts for Food52 with Off Script with Sohla, her curated monthly online column and video series. While exploring traditional dishes and techniques, Sohla shows audiences how to riff on them. The series lives on Food52’s website, YouTube and OTT channels. She is also a contributor to The New York Times Cooking vertical.


Recently, Sohla concluded her YouTube special Stump Sohla, which was featured on the Babish Culinary Universe (which holds an audience of 8 million subscribers). The special had over 7.2 million views across the first 5 episodes. In each episode, it allowed Sohla to introduce audiences to the playful side of her culinary passions, with segments ranging from making Mac & Cheese over an open fire to curating a seven-course convenience store tasting menu.


Sohla notably rose to prominence from her integral role on the Bon Appetit “Test Kitchen” YouTube channel. She was a strategically-placed expert who appeared to offer informed opinions and suggestions about cooking and baking experiments that were on the verge of either going right or wrong. Amidst allegations of racism and unequal pay brought against Bon Appetit in 2020, Sohla spoke out about the publication’s treatment of people of color and lack of equitable pay. She ultimately parted ways with the company. Sohla’s voice sparked the movement for more diverse representation in culinary media and forged the way for other BIPOC cast members to speak out and be heard. In a recent interview with VULTURE, it was noted how Sohla became a symbol for the overqualified and underpaid. “I really didn’t think it was going to be a big deal,” she says. “It’s just what I’ve always done. This was the only time anyone listened.”


Sohla currently resides in New York with her husband Hisham, their cat Lucifer and two dogs, Clementine and Vito.


Join us on 4/5 at 7:00pm ET for a virtual cooking session and Q&A with Sohla El-Waylly. You can register at: tinyurl.com/ABSohla. Registration is required for this virtual event. You will receive an email that includes information about how to access the virtual program in the days leading up to the event. If you have any questions, please contact rebeccayang@cmu.edu.

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