Israelis take on London’s best chefs

For the last two decades, Mr Ali has been on a mission to introduce Israelis to Palestinian cuisine. Now he is planning to bring his cooking skills to Western Britain. “I’m very excited, very…

Israelis take on London's best chefs

For the last two decades, Mr Ali has been on a mission to introduce Israelis to Palestinian cuisine. Now he is planning to bring his cooking skills to Western Britain.

“I’m very excited, very happy and, in a way, very blessed. It’s a very big achievement. You do a lot of hard work, with a lot of people, but at the end you get recognition.

“I already have a lot of clients that come to the restaurant and have very good experiences,” he says.

His biggest challenge now is to retain customers who will come to his restaurant every day. But with the rise of food tourism in the UK, they could just happen.

“In the last 10 years, the number of eateries has increased in the whole area,” says Munira, the chief executive of the Palestine and Israel Tourism Board, and an Israeli who has also worked as an Israeli chef.

“There are more people coming from London and visiting my homeland.

“They see a place like this and say this is what we should do in London. Then they invite their friends. We are working very hard to bring the same kinds of attractions here.

“I am happy that Israel and Palestine are coming together, showing the world our beautiful culture,” Munira says.

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