Carine Goren

Carine Goren

Goren in 2006
Native name קרין גורן
Occupation Pastry chef, cookbook author, television baking show host
Language Hebrew
Nationality Israeli
Education B.A. communication, University of Haifa
Genre Cooking
Notable works Sweet Secrets (2006)
Years active 2000—present
Spouse Ronen Goren

Carine Goren (Hebrew: קרין גורן) (born 1974)[1][2] is an Israeli pastry chef, bestselling cookbook author, and television personality. She began her culinary career at age 26 as a recipe writer and editor at the Israeli food magazine Al Hashulchan (Around the Table), and in 2006 published her first dessert cookbook, Sweet Secrets. As of 2016 she has published five cookbooks, including one for children, and is the host of her own television baking show, also called Sweet Secrets. In 2016 she became a judge on the new Israeli reality television show Bake-Off Israel. She has an avid fan base and was the most googled person in Israel in 2015.[3]

Early life

Growing up in Haifa, she was one of two daughters of a driving instructor and a stay-at-home mother.[2] She earned a B.A. in communication at the University of Haifa and married her high school sweetheart, Ronen Goren, at age 24.[2] The couple moved to Karmiel, where they both studied computers, but Carine felt dissatisfied and sought out courses in different arts and crafts.[2]

At age 26, she was fired from her job as a webmaster and used her severance pay to take a 12-week pastry-making course.[4] Deciding that pastry-making was her avocation, she began buying cookbooks and experimenting with dessert-making while working as a computer programmer for the Israeli food magazine Al Hashulchan (Around the Table).[4] She brought her homemade desserts to share with her co-workers and was soon promoted to writer and editor, producing three dessert cookbooks for the publication.[2] In 2004 she began writing a weekly food supplement for Maariv.[1] She spent a year and a half as a recipe developer for cakes, cookies, and fancy baked goods at the Lehem Erez restaurant and coffee shop in Herzliya under the tutelage of Erez Komarovsky.[1]


Goren self-published her first dessert cookbook, Sweet Secrets, in 2006.[1][2] Like her later books, the cookbook includes a DVD showing her demonstrating several recipes.[2] The success of the Hebrew-language cookbook led to a demand from overseas readers, and an English-language version of Sweet Secrets was made available by mail order in 2010.[4] She later published Sweet Secrets 2 (2011) and several other cookbooks, including a children's baking book.

Targeted to the home baker, Goren's recipes call for "simple" ingredients found in any neighborhood supermarket.[4] A Haaretz reviewer opined that the success of her books, which spend months on bestseller lists, is due to her appeal to the "typical Israeli baker".[5] Recipes call for readily-available ingredients such as "tahina, toffee candies, halva and marshmallows", and feature baking equipment found in every housewares store.[5] Goren's recipes are often recirculated in newspaper cooking columns and online blogs.[4][6][7][8] She was the most googled person in Israel in 2015.[9]

Television personality

In 2007 Goren launched her own television baking show, Sweet Secrets, on Channel 2.[10] She previously hosted 15 episodes of Guide to Baking with Carine Goren on Channel 10.[1][2]

In April 2016 she appeared as a judge in the first season of the reality television series Bake-Off Israel, a local version of The Great British Bake Off.[11]

Personal life

She met her husband, Ronen Goren, in high school; they married in 1998.[2] Like her, Ronen initially pursued a career in computers but became bored with it and became a professional chef instead.[2] He left his career to manage her brand, including her cookbooks, television show, website, and fan forum.[4] They reside in Herzliya.[2]



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "קרין גורן" [Carine Goren] (in Hebrew). Al Hashulchan. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Kinnon, Ruti (9 October 2006). "על זוגיות מתוקה וספר בישול חדש" [On Sweet Intimacy and a New Cookbook]. Ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  3. McCluskey, Megan (30 December 2015). "See the Most Googled Person in Each Country in 2015". Time. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Sommer, Allison Kaplan (24 January 2011). "Carine Goren: Israel's Queen Baker". The Forward. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. 1 2 Michaeli, Efrat (13 February 2012). "A Book of Standard Israeli Cakes, Meant to Appeal to the Masses". Haaretz. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  6. "Chocolate Catastrophe Cake". BakeSpace. 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  7. Steinberg, Jessica (5 October 2012). "A final fling as the holidays end". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  8. Goren, Corine (15 October 2015). "קרין גורן אופה: עוגיות טחינה עם קיצורי דרך" [Carine Goren Bakes: Tehina cookies with shortcuts]. Ynet (in Hebrew).
  9. McCluskey, Megan (30 December 2015). "See the Most Googled Person in Each Country in 2015". Time. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  10. Zismanowitz, Rina (25 September 2011). "קפה עם קרין גורן" [Coffee with Carine Goren]. Onlife magazine (in Hebrew). Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  11. Spiro, Amy (12 April 2016). "A Half-Baked Offering". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 22 November 2016.

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