Monday, July 13, 2015

[006] Enterprising MTSU alumna shows good taste on ‘MTSU On the Record’

MURFREESBORO — An MTSU alumna who found her career in cultural cuisine will be the guest on the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Java Hemmat, founder and owner of Hummus Chick, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 13, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 19, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

Hemmat, a native of the United Arab Emirates, founded Hummus Chick in May 2012. She created several different flavors of hummus, a Middle Eastern dip made from chickpeas, olive oil and other ingredients, which now are in 15 stores around the region.

Hummus Chick also makes tabouli, a dish made with tomatoes, parsley, mint and bulgur wheat. Hemmat’s new line of blended spices will debut in stores this fall.

A recently naturalized American citizen, Hemmat moved to the United States in 1998 and relocated to Nashville in July 2003 after she graduated from MTSU with a bachelor’s degree in business.

“I value that experience,” Hemmat said of her college education, “because I meet entrepreneurs all the time [who] don’t have a business education, and what I learned about 15 years ago, they’re just now learning today.”

For more information about Hummus Chick, go to

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to and click the “more” link under “Audio Clips.”

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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