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The City of Ate Interview: Atti Worku, a Former Miss Ethiopia and Host of a Benefit Dinner at Bolsa Mercado Next Week

Atti Worku was born and raised in Adama, Ethiopia, where at an early age she noticed a distinct difference in her private school education and those in the public school system.

During college Worku began modeling and competing in beauty pageants, and in 2005 was crowned Miss Ethiopia. Shortly afterward, she made a trip to Dallas where she met with the Campbell Agency and signed a modeling contract. With a bit of career success in hand, Worku founded Seeds of Africa, a non-profit that strives to create education and community development in her hometown.

Next week Atti, along with local restaurateur Royce Ring, is hosting a dinner at Bolsa Mercado to raise awareness and money for Seeds. Recently I got the chance to chat with the former Miss Ethiopia about her foundation and, of course, food.

What's your connection to Dallas? After winning the crown for Miss Ethiopia, I came to Dallas to visit my brother who was a student at UTA at the time. While I was here I met with the Campbell Agency and signed a modeling contract with them. I lived in Dallas for several years before moving to New York City.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.