Mohamed Faraji Chef Patron of Maghreb Moroccan Restaurant Islington, London
You have been a chef for 30 years, have you always had a passion for food and cooking?
I have been a chef for 42 years and yes I always had a passion for food.
Tell us about Maghreb, when did you open and what made you want to set up your own restaurant?
When I came to London 1970 I started to work in high class French restaurants like the Minotaur Restaurant in Chelsea, Le Jardin du gourmet in Soho, Lacy in Withfield Street, Mes amies in Knightsbridge, Club Deluxe in Green Park and many more. From all this the love for food grew, and the desire to open my own restaurant grew even more and the result is Maghreb Moroccan Restaurant in the heart of Islington Upper Street.
Do you feel Moroccan food has become more popular over the years?
Yes definitely the Moroccan food is here to stay.
Maghreb serves traditional Moroccan cuisine, what is the most popular dish that you serve?
Maghreb serves Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine. The most popular dishes are Lamb tajine with prunes and sesame seeds, Duck tajine apricot and sultanas, Mixed grill couscous and venison tajine with caramelised quince.
How would you describe your cooking style?
My cooking is traditional Moroccan and French flavours.
What is your perfect meal?
My perfect meal is good food, service, ambiance and good companion.
What can customers expect when they come to Maghreb and what lasting memory would you like them to leave with?
Customers expect good food, service, ambiance and good prices. The lasting memory I would like them to leave with is that I deliver what they expect.
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