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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-07-06
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
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I cook here, create here,
make here be as much of life as I can
because outside of this
I'm not safe,
I don't know the way.

Chef tells the gripping story of how one woman went from being a haute-cuisine head chef to a convicted inmate running a prison kitchen. Leading us through her world of mouth-watering dishes and heart-breaking memories, Chef questions our attitudes to food, prisoners, violence, love and hope. Inspired by an interview Mahfouz conducted with celebrity chef Ollie Dabbous, Chef studies food as the ultimate art form taking stimulus from Dabbous's obsession with simplicity and making something the best it can be.

Featuring Sabrina Mahfouz's distinct, lyrical style in abundance, Chef received its premiere at the Underbelly, Cowgate, during the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning a Fringe First, and was produced at the Soho Theatre, London, in June 2015.

Author Biography

Sabrina Mahfouz is an award-winning playwright and poet. Her first theatre work, That Boy, was performed at the Soho Theatre in 2010, winning her a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights. Other awards include a UK Young Artists Awards for poetry (2011), and two IdeasTap Innovator Awards (for poetry and for theatre) while her solo show, Dry Ice, which was staged at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011, was nominated for the Stage Award for Best Solo Performance. Her play Chef won a Fringe First Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 and subsequently transferred to London.

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