My name is Shaima Berrak.
I am a Moroccan Berber living in Marrakech and I am delighted to welcome you to the Marrakech Street Food Experience.
I was born into a large family in the ancient Medina of Marrakech in a district called Mouassine. I spent my childhood surrounded not only by my family and the family of my mother’s eight sisters but also by the beautiful aromas of home cooking. Eating in Morocco is a very communal, familial and hospitable affair. Eating is a celebration of life and plays a very important role in the culture of the country as a whole. My mother and my aunts became very well known in our neighbourhood as expert cooks and would often be called upon to prepare feasts for local weddings and for religious festivals. In this way, my passion and love of Moroccan cuisine was born.
And then as I grew up and went to school in the Medina, I began to explore…..
On the way home from school, my friends and I would deviate from our normal route and would often wander into the maze of backstreets and alleyways to sample a tasty snack or a seasonal delicacy. We saw food that we had never seen before, bizarre and unimaginable dishes that opened our minds further to the beautiful and unique nature of Moroccan cuisine.
Since completing my studies, I have worked full time in the hotel industry. Over the years, many visitors to Marrakech have asked me the same question – ‘ where can we eat real, authentic Moroccan food, where Moroccans eat, off the beaten path, away from the tourist traps? ‘
And so Marrakech Street Food Experience was created. It is now my opportunity to share with you the real Morocco, the richness of its street food and its street culture. A totally real and authentic experience. I very much look forward to meeting you and to welcoming you to the experience.