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Behind the scenes of Morocco week

Initially, I was asked to help make Moroccan pastries for various event, but I soon found myself in an intensive boot camp on Moroccan cuisine


Posted December 17, 2012 by Ed Morita

A few weeks ago, I had an interesting opportunity to help with a series of caterings for Morocco week. I was contacted by my friends, Moumen and Holly, owners of Pacific Catering, which has done catering for “Jurassic Park,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Godzilla,” “Baywatch Hawaii”, “Lost,” “The River,” “Battleship,” “Last Resort,” and currently handles “Hawaii Five-0″ and the “Hunger Games” sequel.

Initially, I was asked to help make Moroccan pastries for various event, but I soon found myself in an intensive boot camp on Moroccan cuisine headed up by Moumen’s uncle, former chef and owner of Hajji Baba’s restaurant, Christopher Hajji.

Hajji, who flew in the week before the event to help with the catering, currently operates a catering company in Las Vegas called Gourmet Celebrations.

I showed up on the first day expecting just to meet with Moumen and Holly, but when I arrived at the kitchen, Hajji immediately put me to work.

Here’s a look behind the scenes:

 
 
 
 

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Morocco Week

Prep started with the chef's sister, Naima, who flew in from Morocco. We spent the first three days making Gazelle Horns (Corne de Gazelle) sometimes also known as Kaab el Ghazal, which I discovered is a misnomer because it literally translates from Moroccan to "gazelle ankles."

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About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (nonstophonolulu.com), where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at bakershours.com.

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