“I’ve always had the passion of cooking. ” says Zakia.” and since my childhood. I was always keen to help my mother in the kitchen, and try new recipes. At the age of 16. I got the chance to get many internships in some Old Riads here in the Medina. A Riad is certainly where you can learn the most authentic traditional Moroccan Cuisine.”
“I just love the idea of intimate cuisine experience”
“What do you like about the classes? asks Loubna El Bouchikhi,” Experience Coordinator at the Palais Amani. “I just love the idea of intimate cuisine experience. Visiting the Souk (Traditional Moroccan Market). So, showing our clients how to choose market items based upon their color, shape, and size. Then, cooking three or more courses Menu in a relaxed yet professional setting makes them part of our daily life and culture. Therefore, I believe this is the best way to discover more about a country.” Answers Zakia.
Loubna: ” What do you find more challenging?” Zakia: “The Language Barrier, the cooking classes are always assisted by a translator, yet sometimes you have a lot of food thoughts that you would prefer to share yourself.”
Loubna: Can you remember a dream that you had as a child about when you grew up, and has that dream been realized, if not, do you think it will in the future and what do you need to do to get there?
Zakia: Since my early childhood, I’ve always had the dream of becoming a painter. However; being a chef gives me the chance of making my own art, play with colors, create new shapes, then come up with the perfect food masterpiece. Cooking is my passion now and taking it to the professional level is everything that I’ve ever dreamt of.