An exciting programme of culinary and cultural events with Hassan M’Souli in August ,played out, right here in the village of Exeter.
We were honoured to have Hassan and his wife Najma as our guests for a very special 3 days!
And there were 3 ways you could have enjoyed this opportunity !
1st: On the morning of Tuesday 13th August, the students of Exeter Public School attended a presentation by Hassan and his wife Najma Elyounsi, that focused on the cultural and culinary life of Morroco. In association with their visit, students had submitted entries into a cultural competiton in either project or poster form and Hassan awarded prizes to the winners.
2nd: On the afternoon of Tuesday 13th August our village hall was the venue for a cookery demonstration and tasting. Over 90 people attended.
3rd: On Wednesday evening 14th August, a gala dinner was held at the Exeter Studio Restaurant, with Hassan and the team from the restaurant working together to bring patrons a truly memorable Moroccan menu and presentation by Hassan. Adding to the experience, there was a wonderful fashion parade of truly exquisite gowns and kaftans.
Hassan M'Souli arrived in Australia in 1985 from Casablanca.
His passion for cooking evolved in his mother's kitchen at a young age and he pursued that passion along with those of acting and teaching. Hassan's decision to leave family and friends behind him brought him to the shores of Sydney – he wanted to be as far away from familiarity as possible – to start an exciting journey in life, in a new and challenging environment.
He found his dreams in Sydney and an opportunity to introduce a unique taste that Sydney had never seen before.
Hassan has appeared in shows on SBS, ABC Radio, Channel 7, 9 and Ten and the Lifestyle Channel, with articles appearing in Australia's leading Newspapers and Magazines and also globally.
Hassan is also author of two Moroccan Cookbooks 'Moroccan Modern' and 'Make it Moroccan'.
After much great success with both Hassan took the award for 'Best In The World- African - Cuisine Category' at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris in March 2010 for 'Make it Moroccan'.
In April 2010 Hassan was honoured with a letter from the King of Morocco congratulating him as an excellent ambassador for the country and truly showing Morocco proud.