From television shows to owning multiple restaurants showcasing his diverse cooking abilities and growing his fanbase on social media, chef Hama Harrak is one to watch.
He began at Westminster Kingsway College on a three-year Chefs course and followed it with a year working in Soho before taking eight months out to travel to USA & Morocco. On his return, he worked at Maison Touareg, a Moroccan/ Lebanese restaurant in Soho for four years before opening his own restaurant in the same area. Hamza’s first restaurant was not a small venture. El Cantara was a five-storey restaurant serving traditional Ex modern Spanish and Moroccan cuisine.
Three years later, he took over the restaurant in which he began his journey. With two restaurants in the heart of central London under his ownership, Hamza started to expand. He opened his second branch of El Cantara (Spanish Moroccan restaurant) in the newly-opened Westfield Stratford City in 2012 and later that year he opened a Moroccan Er Lebanese food counter in Harrods’ Food Hall.
After sixteen years of running businesses in the center of London, all of the late nights and everything involved in running businesses in Soho was becoming a moral burden. The time was right for Hamza to step away and begin a new challenge.
He decided to sell up and create a new brand that had been growing in his mind for a long time.
The dream was to bring to the Halal market, a taste of the quality and restaurant ambiance Hamza had been accustomed to in the non-Halal sector. And with the opening of HS&Co. the Great British Halal Chef was born!
As the Great British Halal Chef, Hamza’s style of cooking encompasses his history, background, style, and personality. A mix of British and Moroccan heritage, having grown up in predominately English areas, studying classical chef cuisine and working in leading restaurants has all produced a unique brand.
New adventures? Mexicasa and Abiocco. Check this out!