Chefs to Watch 2018: Reem Assil, Reem's California and Dyafa, Oakland, Calif.

Chandra Ram

When Reem Assil opened her eponymous bakery in Oakland, Calif., last year, the biggest buzz wasn’t about the mana’eesh, the Arab flatbreads she bakes daily. People were talking about the restaurant’s mural, featuring Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh. Fringe groups came to the bakery to protest, and Assil and her team endured brutal online attacks.