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Mourad came to the United States when he was 18 to study economics. His strikingly modern reinventions of traditional Moroccan dishes are all about showcasing the great flavors of his native cuisine in ways that harmonize with the fresh, local, artisanal ingredients of Northern California.
In 2008, mourad was named a Rising Star Chef by StarChefs magazine, and in 2009 year the Chronicle raised Aziza’s rating to 3½ stars. That same year, Zagat named Aziza one of the top 10 Bay Area restaurants of the decade, and Lahlou won Food Network’s Iron Chef America by a record-breaking margin. And in 2010, Aziza became the first Moroccan restaurant to ever receive a Michelin Star. Aziza retained its Star in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2012, mourad was named a culinary ambassador and State Chef by secretary Hilary Rodham Clinton. His award winning cookbook, mourad: new moroccan, was published by Artisan Books in fall, 2011. His new restaurant, mourad, will open in San Francisco in the fall of 2014.