Shorkk is a small, socially-minded business based in Bristol, with roots in Scotland and Lebanon, run by Miranda and Philippe el Khazen. We’re about putting premium, ethically-traded Lebanese extra virgin olive oil, green cracked “souri” olives, pomegranate molasses, saffron and olive leaf infusion into UK kitchen cupboards. We hope to connect with people who, like us, care about what they cook and where it comes from. We’re proud to be supporting local food producers in Lebanon.
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where does the name "shorkk" come from?
Coming up with a name for our company encouraged us to draw on our dual heritage. Thistles grow in Lebanon and in Scotland, looking reassuringly familiar in both countries. They push defiantly through stony ground with magnificent grandeur. For us, these splendid plants symbolise the Lebanese food producing community. During the crisis the country has been enduring since October 2019, they have received no state support. They have been left to their own devices, and yet continue to produce amazing ingredients which tap into a food tradition with a noble history. So we started with the image of a thistle.
Unfortunately the Arabic word for thistle, شوك, is not easy to transcribe into English phonetics, no matter what combination of vowels and consonants we used – shawk – shauk – shauwk – shouwk. Each one evaded the true pronunciation of the word for English speakers. So, we decided to fuse the first consonant sound sh with an English word, fork, and got shorkk.
It was a perfect fit – particularly as the Arabic word for fork, شوكي showkey, comes from the Arabic word for thistle, شوك showk.
The image above illustrates the origins of our name better than any wordy explanation. It was drawn by Zelfa el Khazen, as are all of our drawings!