“I by no means thought that I might turn into a pacesetter recognized and well-known”. Nevertheless, Abdessamad Benameur alias Chief Ben, is a superb reference in California, grew to become a good friend of a number of american stars.

Born in Larache in a household whose mother and father are from the outdated Lixus and Tangier, his father was a mechanic specializing in Volkswagen within the us base in Kenitra. He grew up on this metropolis, “fascinated by the Individuals and the USA” on the time.

However with the departure of the Individuals, the state of affairs turns into tough for her household. “I used to be starting to make me within the north of the nation for work. I grew up in a household that did not have a number of means, however who was completely happy,” says the chef from his restaurant in California.

Abdessamad Benameur was additionally a “pupil athlete”. “I even performed within the first division of the Kénitra Athlétic Membership (KAC) of handball, and my life was shared between the research and the game,” remembers he. After his bachelor’s diploma, a primary emigration led him in France, he leaves shortly after. He meant to journey to Sweden or Norway when a good friend gives the USA.

“I obtained my pupil visa on the age of 22 years. In the USA, I’ve admittedly spent some tough moments originally, however I by no means gave up.”

Abdessamad Benameur

With “30 {dollars} in his pocket”, he couldn’t enroll in class. As such, he chooses “the good distance by beginning the work”. “My first job was with Mcdonald’s,” quips the restaurateur. Chef Ben then follows on with the job within the restoration, as a result of he “loves assembly the individuals”. This additionally lets him study, on their own, the language of Shakespeare. Within the nation of Uncle Sam, Abdessamad Benameur even tries to open a small enterprise that he calls “Cafe Paris”, although he had “no data of Enterprise” on the time.

These completely different jobs himself, nevertheless, permit out with an concept : “make the kitchen fashionable moroccan, in order that we will eat every day, with out losing interest.

Chef Abdessamad Benameur alias Chief Ben. / DRChef Abdessamad Benameur alias Chief Ben. / DR

The chef who did not know Ryan Gosling

Having began to cook dinner as a part of the celebrations of celebrities, his path crosses that of canadian actor Ryan Gosling. “He had simply completed his movie “always remember” (The Pocket book), and arranged a feast in his dwelling. I cooked for him and he was impressed with my dishes,” stated our interlocutor. The hollywood star comes and see him and his 150 friends, all the celebrities. “I used to be crimson from shyness”, we he says.

The present will circulate so nicely between the 2 males that they resolve to open an entire restaurant. A spot constructed within the picture of this lounge, darkish, quiet and heat which was obtainable to the household of the Moroccan and he describes his good friend as an actor. “Tagine Beverly Hills” sees the sunshine of day on could 20, 2004 and turns into top-of-the-line eating places” on this city, within the county of Los Angeles. “On the opening, there have been a number of american stars, resembling Naoumi Watts, filmmakers, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Salma Hayek, Cameron Diaz”, remembers there.

“It’s a small nook, with ten tables, a various menu relying on the season, of affection and massive hearts. That is the supply of our success. It’s the work and energy of an individual to outline it.”

Abdessamad Benameur

For him, “Tagine” is a venture that permits you to “construct bridges with the individuals”. “We’re not attempting to do quite a bit however simply what’s sufficient”, he says.

Chef Ben with RedOne and Douzi. / DRChef Ben with Ryan Gosling. / DR

The key of this success ? “Simplicity and lightness. All of us like to eat and luxuriate in good meals, however those that come to see me are connoisseurs who wish to get pleasure from and spend a very good expertise”, says the Moroccan-full of anecdotes.

in addition to, he confided to us that it is just within the second when Ryan Gosling and him resolve to purchase a room for a “Tagine”, the Canadian instructed him he was an actor. “For me, it was humorous, as a result of everybody right here is so current as an actor.” It is just after having seen a “twenty ladies screaming and working in to take footage with the actor” that he lastly grasp the celebrity of his new enterprise associate. “It was so shocking that I assumed that there was a combat behind us”, says Chef Ben.

A “Tagine Beverly Hills” in Casablanca from march

Once we ponder on the peculiarity of its dishes, Abdessamad Benameur, which considers prospects as “friends”, says that he goes to the market to “convey recent and good as have been our mother and father.” “A bit of fish is sort of a bride. It’s crucial to place make-up so the spices with out an excessive amount of to do,” he says once more.

Chef Ben With the choreographer and the american singer Paula Abdul. / DRChief Ben With the choreographer and the american singer Paula Abdul. / DR

Chef Ben can be an avid surfer of his nation. “I am the kind to go to Morocco very often. However because the dying of my mom, and I am going there rather less recurrently”, he says. However each go to to the native nation, he returned to Kenitra to “eat sausages moroccan fashion”, his favourite.

“I lived in Morocco a number of issues and I maintain household reminiscences imperishable. In the USA, we’re the ambassadors of our nation.”

Abdessamad Benameur

Proof that he has by no means misplaced contact with Morocco, Chef Ben will open subsequent month, a “Tagine Beverly Hills to Casablanca with Palm Berrada”, he says. “I hope that Moroccans within the nation who can’t afford to maneuver to the USA, will be capable to go to me there. It was in any case vital to me that my first restaurant outdoors of the USA or Morocco,” he concludes by saying different future initiatives in Canada and Africa.


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