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Airbnb Host Spotlights

 
 

Airbnb Host Spotlights

Hosts are the heart of Airbnb, and one of the biggest reasons guests choose to stay in a home over a hotel. We profiled the quirkiest, coolest, most fascinating Airbnb hosts from all over the world in a series we call Host Spotlights.

 
 
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To coincide with the launch of Airbnb Trips in New York City, we interviewed hosts in every borough — from a beekeeper on Staten Island to a pair of twin jewelry designers in Brooklyn.

 
 
 
 
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Photographer Tom Kubik

 
 
 

In LA, we spent a day with Matteen Khalifian, executive chef of LA Gastronomy and host of a cooking Experience.

 
 
 
 
 
 

He teaches guests how to apply fine dining techniques to humble dishes like short rib poutine and tuna poke bowls that he serves from his own restaurant near Venice Beach.

 
 
 
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Director/Photographer Erin Kunkel