TARAFood Writer
As a food writer for numerous newspapers and magazines as well as several books for Phaidon, I wanted to create the kind of place I could go to cook. I love hotels, but prefer the sense of being at home, ideally with a large, comfortable kitchen where I can potter around discovering local ingredients and with any luck gather a party of friends for lunch or dinner.
I started working at Dar Namir about seven years ago. Now, as well as running the house, I assist at the Courtyard Kitchen and teach some of my own dishes. I grew up in the Fez medina and always cooked with my mother and grandmother, so my specialty is to share traditional Moroccan techniques for preparing vegetables and various different tagines, as well as pastry baking.
These jokers say I got lucky when I showed up here, but take it from me they’re the lucky ones. About two years ago I spotted an open window, came in for a poke about and could see they needed me. How else are you supposed to get rid of unwanted critters? I look after the place at night when everyone else is sleeping and by day I prowl the medina or sun myself on the roof, depending on my whim.