Our North Africa and Middle East team review Channel 4’s new series, Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast and share their love of Moroccan cuisine, which featured in the first episode.
“Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast, which was shown on Channel 4 last Sunday (24th February) was another reminder to the North Africa and Middle East team here at Audley as to why we love visiting the region. This is a four part series which sees the chef visit the northern Mediterranean, including Morocco, Turkey, Tunisia and Israel. On Sunday, Ottolenghi visited Morocco, treating us to a riot of flavours, colours and cookery techniques. From Marrakesh to the High Atlas mountains, and then on to Essaouira, Yotam did a wonderful job of showcasing the huge range of Moroccan food available on a visit to the country. From grilled lamb with fresh herbs and spices, prepared on the roof of a traditional riad in Marrakesh, to rustic cooking in the home of a Berber family in High Atlas, and fresh fish balls prepared on a traditional blue boat on the coast. This was a wonderful reminder that Moroccan cuisine really is a melting pot of many different influences, tastes and flavours. Much more than a pot of hummus from the local supermarket!
Cookery courses are a wonderful way to really get under the skin of a country and these can be easily included as part of a trip to Morocco. Our favourite is at the La Maison Arabe in Marrakesh where local chefs will not only teach you the art of traditional home cooking, as Yotam experienced, but also include a trip into the medina where you can select and buy your ingredients. His trip closely matches our classic Marrakesh, Mountains and coast itinerary, so if food is your thing, this is certainly a journey to consider!
If you missed the programme then it’s available to watch online through Channel 4′s on demand service, but be warned it will make you hungry!”
- Episode one (Sunday 24th February): Morocco
- Episode Two (Sunday 3rd March): Istanbul
- Episode Three (Sunday 10th March): Tunisia
- Episode Four (Sunday 17th March): Israel
To find out about a tailor-made trip to Morocco or other destinations in North Africa and the Middle East with Audley, call one of our specialists on 01993 838 400 or contact us online.