Growing up by the seaside, with his mother, sisters and aunts, where food was always made from scratch, Tarek experienced the joy of creating a dish at a young age. He wanted to be a lot of things after finishing school, a musician, pilot, chef, while his father was keen to see him as an engineer.
After surveying and mapping school he went to Greece, where he met his wife of today. Although he completed aviation school in America, he couldn’t fly professionally, and soon turned to his other passion- cooking.
A job at a coffee shop called Upper Crust in Minnesota taught him professional culinary skills, and English. He soon became manager of Upper Crust, and in three years, bought it. He went on to open another five casual dining restaurants each with a different cuisine.
Tarek grew as a chef, and came to be respected as a teacher in culinary art at the Arts Institutes International Minnesota from 1999 to 2005. He has won several gold and silver medals in culinary competitions, and is in fact the first chef from the Arab world to attain Masterchef status.
Certified by World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS), executive chef Tarek brings over thirty years of culinary experience with eastern and western influences, and is a treasure of knowledge on food.
It is not surprising that this Fatafeat star chef with TV shows like ‘100 Macaroni’ and Egypt’s ‘Min Misr’, holds an audience of 350 million people on his cooking show.
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