Somalia: The Master Chef of Mogadishu Channel 4: Unreported World November 23, 2012
"'The Master Chef of Mogadishu was a brave piece of film-making that showed a fresh perspective of life in Somalia. Beautifully filmed and observed, it was a story of hope, showing the resilience and bravery of one man determined to play his part in rebuilding his war-torn country. Where some films show people in the developing world as passive victims, here there was a real sense of agency. The jury all agreed that they would never think of Somalia in the same way as a result of having seen this film'
- Television Award Jury" 25th Annual One World Awards - Winner of the Television Award 2013
Reporter Aidan Hartley and director John Conroy travel to Mogadishu to meet the remarkable British Somali man who has mortgaged his life in London and left his family behind to set up a chain of restaurants in one of the most dangerous cities on earth. Cooking is his contribution to the peace process in this war-torn country.
Ahmed fled Somalia when he was a boy and settled in Britain. He trained as a chef and set up a successful restaurant in West London before returning to Somalia. But Ahmed’s success running restaurants has made him a target of jihadi organisation Al Shabaab. One of his restaurants has been hit by a double-suicide attack, leaving 20 dead. Ahmed is determined to carry on. The stakes could not be higher: his business, his marriage, even his survival.
'You will have come across few more impressive figures this year than the subject of Aidan Hartley's report'
- Sunday Times
'...both heartening and worrying.'
- Daily Telegraph
- The Independent, The Times, The Observer, Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday & Mail on Sunday
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