Executive Chef, Author & Restaurateur
Chef Hassan M’Souli has been creating delicious food for over 20 years
From humble beginnings…
Hassan M’Souli arrived in Australia in 1985 from Casablanca. His passion for cooking evolved in his mother’s kitchen at a young age and he pursued that passion along with those of acting and teaching. Hassan’s decision to leave family and friends behind him brought him to the shores of Sydney – he wanted to be as far away from familiarity as possible – to start an exciting journey in life, in a new and challenging environment.
He began his life and found his dreams in Sydney. Whilst working in various kitchens including French, Italian and Indian restaurants it was not long before he started teaching the Chef’s Moroccan and North African dishes and introduced the use of exotic spices, some of which they had never heard of.
It was at this time that Hassan became friends with the owner and head chef of Radio Cairo, an African Restaurant in Mosman, NSW. African and North African cuisine was something new and exciting in Sydney and realising that this type of restaurant was far and few between Hassan saw and opportunity to introduce a unique taste that Sydney had never seen before. They decided to go into business together and in 1986 The Mosquito Bar opened its doors.
Suddenly the people of Sydney were introduced to the unique taste of Morocco and new and exotic flavors, such as the very first Original Preserved Lemon, Dukkah, Ras El Hanout, Couscous, coriander and mint, something most Australians had never seen the likes of before.
The Mosquito Bar was a successful restaurant for five years when Hassan, who had been living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, decided to step out on his own and in 1990 he opened up the first Moroccan restaurant in the iconic Sydney suburb Manly, Casablanca. Once again this was met with a huge wave of success.
In 1995 he was offered the perfect location to open up a new restaurant, opposite Manly Warf where Out of Africa was born and is still hugely successful to this day nearly 20 years on.
Hassan divides his time between various Television/Radio appearances/ Magazine and Newspaper interviews, writing a weekly coloum nin two of Morocco’s leading Newspaper and Magazines.
His cooking demonstrations can be enjoyed within Out of Africa Restaurant and with SBS’ Mauve Omara’s Gourmet Safari, various food festivals around Australia, and hosting luxury culinary tours around Morocco. He has also launched his very own range of sauces and spices
Hassan kindly donates his time to teach the youth about the diversity of food at schools and also to help families struggling at Bear Cottage take their minds off hard times. More recently pioneered a fundraising dinner with the 3 Mayors of the Northern Beaches at the world famous International College of Management to raise funds for Ebola victims which was a tremendous success.
Over the past 20 years Out of Africa Restaurant and Hassan have been presented with numerous awards such as WINNER 2014 “Best Paella Chef in the Oceania” Inaugural International Spanish Paella Championships, WINNER 2010 Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence Metropolitan Middle Eastern/North African Restaurant, WINNER 2009 Gourmand World Cook Book Awards – Best African Cuisine Book in the World
With features in most of Sydney’s Top Food Guides and Australia’s leading newspapers and magazines including Feast Magazine, Good Living – Sydney Morning Herald, Good Food Guide – Sydney Morning Herald, just to name a few. Out of Africa and Hassan have also featured on radio and in newspapers and magazines across the globe all complimenting style, atmosphere, food and service.
Hassan has also featured on radio segments with ABC – Simon Marnie & 2GB and featured on television shows on such as SBS – Food Safari with Maeve O’Meara , Channel Ten – Huey’s Kitchen , Channel 7, 9 and Foxtel’s -Lifestyle Channel .
Hassan is also author of two Moroccan Cookbooks and is the first Moroccan to publish a recipe book on Moroccan Cuisine in Australia. ‘Moroccan Modern’ was released in October 2004, and was sold out by February 2005; re-printed and is sold nationally & internationally. Hassan’s second cookbook “Make it Moroccan” was launched in November 2008, with resounding success in Australia and internationally. In March 2010 Make it Moroccan took the award for ‘Best In The World- African Cuisine Category’ at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris, France. In April 2010 Hassan was honoured with a letter from the King of Morocco Mohammed VI congratulating him as an excellent ambassador for the country and truly showing Morocco proud.
- Honorary letter of congratulations to Hassan M’Souli from the King of Morocco Mohammed VI, personally signed 2010
- Gourmand World Cook Book Awards – Best African Cuisine Book in the World WINNER 2009
- In 2009 Hassan was honored with an invitation for a luncheon with the Governor General of Australia Quinten Bryce.
- “Best Paella Chef in the Oceania” Inaugral International Spanish Paella Championships (Flavour’s of Spain) WINNER 2014
- Plaque of Appreciation “in recognition and deep Appreciation of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of Moroccan Cuisine & Culture” presented by Mr Terence Mullane Honorary Consul-General of the Kingdom of Morocco 2008
- Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence Metropolitan Middle Eastern/North African Restaurant WINNER 2010
- Northern Beaches Hospitality Challenge CHAMPION 2012
- Northern Beaches Education Network Award of Excellence in Industry Hospitality 2009
- Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 WINNER
- Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 WINNER
- Shoot the Chef (Photography Competition) WINNER 2011
- Lifestyle Food Channel (Foxtel) – I Love Food STATE FINALIST 2007
Exotic mouthwatering food
We are constantly buying and helping local businesses and organic farmers, with locally sourced produce.