Shaikha Al Ali comes beaming towards me and for a moment, I am taken aback.
It was in the same kitchen that the 18-year-old Emirati - she'll be turning 19 on Sunday - first started filming herself cooking, complete with a Nikon D90 set on a tripod, and posting recipes and pictures online of her experiments with traditional family meals.
Unexpectedly, she has become something of an internet sensation.
Her video of herself making lgeimat, those sweet moreish little doughnuts drizzled with date syrup, registered more than 15,000 views on You Tube.
And when she tinkered with the recipe for karak chai by adding vanilla bean, she was approached by Rainbow Milk manufacturers, who spotted her potential and asked her to come up with some more recipes using their products.
"I started cooking at a young age," says Shaikha, who is in her second year at Zayed University studying for a marketing degree.
"I love learning new recipes and don't like to cook the same thing twice because there are so many new dishes to learn.
"Usually, I find recipes online and read a lot of versions of the same dish, then combine everything I have read and come up with my own recipe." She may be a home chef dabbling in social media for now, but don't be fooled: Shaikha has ambitions to be the Emirati Nigella.
"I want to open my own restaurant, publish a cookbook, have my own TV cookery show and bring out my own range of cooking utensils," she says.
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