Chef Mourad Lahlou dedicates five days a week of his time to providing meals to those impacted by COVID-19 through SF New Deal, World Central Kitchen SF, and FEMA. Operating out of his flagship restaurant that carries his name, he produces over 1,000 meals per day.
Mourad’s sister restaurant, the recently re-opened Aziza, is quenching the take-out demand for amazing Moroccan cuisine. At Aziza, Mourad is conscience that many members of his staff may be more vulnerable to the financial impacts resulting from COVID-19 than others, so he has created a rotation schedule so everyone has the opportunity to prepare meals for those in need while keeping food on their own plates.
If you’ve ever met Mourad, particularly when he’s in action on stage during the Star Chefs & Vintners Gala, you can immediately see his good humor and generous heart. He gets so much joy out of helping other people.
With so much going on in his life, it is no wonder that Mourad needs a little break every now and then. Two days a week he and his wife, Mathilde, venture away from the big city and escape to the quiet beauty of Napa to enjoy some simple pleasures. Mathilde, a principal dancer with the SF Ballet, keeps busy and in top dancing condition during shelter-in-place by attending ZOOM classes provided by the ballet and Mourad is content to sit back and watch.
Fortunately for San Francisco, after 48 hours Mourad is back in town and back to work.