A food passionate, Aline, started her career as an Insurance Broker at the age of 18 to put herself into college. Her hard work and perseverance allowed her to graduate from Université Saint Joseph – USJ with a double Masters in Finance and in Marketing. Her career in Insurance grew to the point where Aline has built one of Lebanon’s top 9 Brokerage firms.
All through her successes, Aline never forgot her love for food but most importantly she never forgot her Armenian roots!
Along with her cousin Serge Maacaron, she opened in June 2003 “Mayrig” an avant guardiste traditional Armenian restaurant to introduce to all those who appreciate homely, healthy and tasty food, the forgotten flavors of Ancient Armenia.
Since then, Aline has ventured into new concepts, M Catering (2004), Batchig (2013), Made by Mayrig (2014). She opened a new branch of Mayrig in Dubai (2013) and is soon opening in Riyadh (May 2015); with more projects to see light by the turn of the year…
Aline concentrated most of the years 2010 and 2011 to co-writing her first cook book “Armenian Cuisine” where her research for traditional recipes took her on a journey to Cilicia, present day Eastern Turkey, the ancient Armenia that her grandparents fled following the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
Aline was also voted Women Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 in the BLA – Brilliant Lebanese Awards organized by BLC bank. She is a board member of the Lebanese Franchise Association as well as a board member of the LLWB – Lebanese League of Woman in Business and a successful candidate of the 2014 Vital Voices Fellowship Program.
In her own words “with every problem, a new opportunity is born”!