Chef Hoss Zare in San Francisco
I’d rather never see you and hear your voice on the phone and know you’re happy than bury you.'” This year marks the 40th anniversary of the revolution, which sent between 2 and 4 million Iranians like Zare fleeing in waves, searching for a better life. The milestone makes this year’s Persian New Year, or No-Rouz, particularly poignant. No-Rouz is celebrated on the spring equinox, a time for renewal and new beginnings. And for Zare and three others in the culinary world — Arash Ghasemi, Aisan Hoss and Mehdi Parnia — that fresh start came through food.