Our Team, your hosts
Zak - Dreamer
"Zak", short for Abderezzak, always dreamed of spending more time in Fez. He was born and grew up in the capital Rabat - and while it is a sophisticated town, he never felt it was really the cultural and artistic heart of this country.
When time came for him to attend university, Zak chose to pursue a degree in Marketing and Business, with plans to discover the world of hospitality (and discover the world through hospitality).
By the time he graduated, he had fallen in love with what he calls the "raw glamour" of Fez and wanted to make it his home...which was lucky for us!
Jen - Creator
In 2002, Jen moved to Fez to create Dar Roumana after falling in love with the medina during a holiday - and simultaneously falling out of love with her investment banking job in London. Armed with a Cordon Bleu diploma and a business plan, she spent the next 5 years meticulously restoring Dar Roumana. Jen opened the dar officially in 2007 and has managed it with the help of her long-standing team.
Jen has been living in Vientiane, Lao PDR, since 2014, working in international development and vocational training - though providing remote support and visiting every few months.
Simo - Mastermind
Si Mohammed (“Simo”), hails from the historic village of Moulay Idriss near Meknes.
Mohamed joined Dar Roumana in 2009 as a waiter in the restaurant, but his passion and talent were quickly apparent and they grew along with the business. We are proud to have him now managing the the dar!
Although a genuine professional, his cheeky sense of humour and full-face smile are infectious - and have earned him the affectionate nickname "Ifrit", or naughty devil.
Chef Younes - Artist
Although a native son of Fez, Younes first stepped into the kitchen in Rabat at the La Villa Mandarine. There he developed the "soft touch" that his dishes exude (you really wont believe how thin and crisp his chocolate tart pastry is!)
Upon returning to Fez, Younes became a chef at the tennis club, working alongside Chef Vincent Bonnin. Their professional comeraderie and harmonious kitchen was such that when Vincent moved to Dar Roumana, Younes followed shortly thereafter.
Younes became our Head Chef in 2016, and continues to develop and refine his approach to his signature Franco-Moroccan cuisine.