International Chef | Executive Chef | Culinary Strategist
Always trust the journey you’re on. If what you’re doing puts a smile on your face, you know you’re doing the right thing. Being a chef can be very challenging but it can be extremely gratifying too when the compliments pour in, I will say in a humble way.
It has been a long journey reaching here, mentally and practically, as a master chef. It all started in Qatar with Darine International Company, a reputable catering company that provided me with lots of opportunities along the way along with lots of challenges I was required to master to become a better chef. Gradually, from one country to another and one kitchen to another, I was able to go throughout the years to master more details about different cuisines from the Indian passing through the Middle East up until France.
What were the biggest initial hurdles and how did you overcome them?
In the process of training, evolving and upscaling my practical work I encountered a lot of challenges my way. One example was, relocating from one country to another and having to learn all about a new cuisine. The challenges also extended from being away from my family at one hand and having to deal with new people with different personalities that can sometimes be abusive and discriminatory. From my perspective, all these hurdles however taught me different lessons that allowed me to be who I am today.
Your advice to an upcoming youth or talents locally and internationally?
One piece of advice - home is where the heart is. It is in my kitchen in Ghana or anywhere that allows me to put a smile on my guest's face after enjoying a meal.The ambience in Ghana is definitely one that makes me feel at home more than any place I visited so far.
To become a professional chef you don't have to have academic qualifications, but you definitely do have to have a passion for food and cooking, the stamina to take long hours on your feet and the ability to multitask. And of course you have to have creativity and imagination in food presentation.
Social Media Handles: Instagram: @chefhassanmansour @li_beirutrestaurant Do visit us: (when in Ghana, West Africa or in Accra) Li Beirut Restaurant East Legon Bawaleshi Street Opposite to ABSA Bank