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This profile was last updated on 8/14/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Chef

Phone: (415) ***-****  
Local Address:  Iron , Minnesota , United States
 
Background

Employment History

  • Owner and Chef
    Aziza

Education

  • master's degree , economics
  • PhD
200 Total References
Web References
aziza | san francisco : philosophy
www.aziza-sf.com, 14 Aug 2015 [cached]
Mourad Lahlou has two life stories. Born and raised in a large extended family in the ancient Medina of Marrakesh, he came to the United States when he was 20 to study economics at San Francisco State University. Missing his native cuisine, he taught himself how to recreate his favorite Moroccan dishes with local ingredients and his own inventive techniques. Before long, he had embarked on a journey that would lead to a career as a pioneering Moroccan-American chef.
As chef/owner of Aziza in San Francisco, he has been recognized as one the most dynamic and individual chefs in the Bay Area. His strikingly modern reinventions of traditional Moroccan dishes are all about showcasing the great flavors of his native cuisine in ways that harmonize with the fresh, local, artisanal ingredients of Northern California.
Driven by a desire to strip away the clichés and misconceptions about Moroccan food and celebrate its true potential for fine dining, moourad's cooking is both cerebral and sensual - a rare blend of stunning presentation and meticulous attention to detail with soulful and often surprising flavor combinations.
Mourad opened his first restaurant, Kasbah, in San Rafael, California in 1996, and was recognized as a Rising Star Chef by the San Francisco Chronicle in 1998. In 2001, looking to take his cooking in a more modern and sophisticated direction, he closed Kasbah and opened Aziza in San Francisco's Richmond district.
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In 2008, Mourad was named a Rising Star Chef by StarChefs, and in 2009 the Chronicle raised Aziza's rating to three and a half stars. That same year, Zagat named Aziza one of the top 10 Bay Area restaurants of the decade, and Lahlou won Food Network's Iron Chef America by a record-breaking margin. And in 2010, Aziza became the first Moroccan restaurant to receive a Michelin Star.
Chef Lahlou's much-anticipated cookbook will be published by Artisan Books in fall, 2011.
Board of Directors | SFMade
www.sfmade.org, 28 Dec 2014 [cached]
Current projects include a new production facility development for Anchor Brewing Company and a restaurant for renowned Moroccan chef Mourad Lahlou.
New Moroccan: Chef Mourad ...
www.marinij.com, 2 Feb 2015 [cached]
New Moroccan: Chef Mourad Lahlou, whose Aziza was the first Moroccan restaurant in the United States to earn a Michelin star, has embarked on a Cal-Moroccan venture. His eponymous Mourad, in a restored SoMa building in San Francisco, will feature contemporary takes on Moroccan cuisine created by Lahlou, chef de cuisine Chris Kajioka, pastry chef Melissa Chou and master somm Alan Murray, formerly of Masa's.
aziza | san francisco : press
www.aziza-sf.com [cached]
Mourad haunts the farmers? markets and forages for meats and poultry raised on small farms. The bar uses fresh fruits and herbs; the wine list spans the world to offer bottles that enhance his dishes; desserts are some of the most enchanting in town...
2) {f1.focus();}" TARGET="San_Francisco_Chronicle___Top_100_Restaurants_2006">San Francisco Chronicle - 'Top 100 Restaurants 2006' April 4, 2006 Mourad Lahlou modernizes his native Moroccan cuisine, giving even the long-cooked dishes a fresh perspective...
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Mourad Lahlou updates his culture's love affair with September's peppers, eggplant and tomatoes...
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Using his homeland for inspiration, Mourad Lahlou modernizes his native Moroccan cuisine with lighter techniques and organic ingredients...
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Any new restaurant would have to do a lot to improve on what's being served by chef-owner Mourad Lahlou. He uses his homeland for inspiration, but has modernized the cuisine...
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The true star: the food - Lahlou starts with traditional fare and brightens it for California tastes using mostly organic ingredients...
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Moroccan chef Mourad Lahlou certainly loves his mother. Not only in his outer Richmond restaurant, Aziza, named after her, but at almost every turn in our conversation he finds a way to mention her fondly...
2) {f1.focus();}" TARGET="gourmet">Gourmet - '100 Great things about San Francisco, ethnic eats' March 2002 Mourad Lahlou, who named Aziza after his mother, serves fare of exceptional finesse...
2) {f1.focus();}" TARGET="wine_and_spirits">Wine & Spirits Magazine April 2002 Aziza marks the migration of the Moroccan cuisine of brothers Khalid and Mourad Lahlou from the hinterlands of Marin County to San Francisco's Richmond District...
2) {f1.focus();}" TARGET="nyt">New York Times - 'What's doing in: San Francisco' April 7, 2002 At five-month-old Aziza in the Richmond district, Mourad Lahlou's traditional Moroccan cooking creatively incorporates California ingredients - dishes include an ethereal bastilla...
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Chef Mourad Lahlou continues to build an outstanding repertoire of dishes that begins with his native cuisine and then detours toward California sensibilities...
This is chef-owner Mourad ...
www.tablehopper.com, 3 Feb 2015 [cached]
This is chef-owner Mourad Lahlou's second restaurant under his sole ownership, his first being Aziza, which he opened in 2001 in the Outer Richmond.
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You'll see Moroccan influences and motifs (a great deal was inspired by a trip Lundberg and Lahlou took to Marrakesh) paired with modern touches like a suspended steel and glass wine bridge that houses a backlit wine cellar. There's also a spacious lounge and bar area.
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