Somalia: The Master Chef of Mogadishu

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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

Critics Choice

- The Independent, The Times, The Observer, Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday & Mail on Sunday

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First Broadcast

November 23, 2012



Producer Director

John Conroy


Aidan Hartley

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews


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