FOOD 2016: Lebanese chef and food activist Kamal Mouzawak, special guest at the festival

Kamal and Tabbouleh
Lebanese food activist Kamal Mouzawak, leading light on the Lebanese culinary and food lifestyle scene, special guest at the festival

Chef and restaurateur Kamal Mouzawak is the founder of Souk el Tayeb, the first organic market to include small producers from the Lebanon. He is considered to be one of the most influential figures on culinary culture in the Arab world, and is also the founder of Tawlet, a cooperative restaurant in the Mar Mikhael quarter of Beirut, that, each week, invites a cook from a different region of the country to cook authentic Lebanese local dishes.

Kamal Mouazwak will be one of the special guests at the 2016 festival: there will be a performance dinner-event at the Teatro del Sale (Thursday 7 April, 7.30pm), where he will be assisted by one of his chefs, the Lebanese “mama” Nada Saber; and a cookery lesson about “The secrets of the Perfect Tabbouleh and other special dishes of Lebanese homecooking”, will be held during the festival (Saturday 9 April, Scuola di Arte Culinaria Cordon Bleu).