Chef Rafih + Rita
Chef Rafih Benjelloun
Greetings! My name is Chef Rafih Benjelloun and this is my website. For more than forty years my passion has been cooking and learning about Moroccan cuisine. Originally from Fez, Morocco my education started at an early age learning my families recipes and how to make them. Since moving to the U.S. it has become a mission of mine to educate Americans about Moroccan cuisine and culture. In the world’s cultures, cuisine is inextricably linked to the culture. Tracing the path of the Silk Road which starts in the Far East and passes through Morocco, it’s an amazing story of how food and culture are linked across countries and continents.
It is my goal to give you a taste of the culture of Morocco and the country’s culture through this website. My home restaurant is Imperial Fez in Atlanta, Georgia. My wife Rita and I have owned and operated this location for over 20 years in the Buckhead area. Customers return from all over the US and a number of countries around the world. The restaurant is a destination for Moroccan cuisine and culture. Our ties to the community over the years has given a wonderful presence and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many residents through charity, education and food.
Chef Rita Benjelloun
Rita Benjelloun is co-owner and chef of Imperial Fez Restaurant. Chef Rita oversees day to day operations of Imperial Fez Restaurant Atlanta and is the event and catering specialist for the restaurant. Contact Rita for your catering needs from executive meetings to wedding receptions.
Rafih Benjelloun has been in Atlanta since 1991, where he opened the Moroccan restaurant, Imperial Fez. Imperial Fez has been recognized by media and food critics around the nation and the world and has become a favorite for Atlantans. Imperial Fez has received many awards including being named Atlanta’s “Best Romantic Restaurant” and “Best Decor” by Atlanta Magazine.
Rafih was born in Fez, Morocco and studied the arts throughout Western Europe and in San Francisco. He began his career as a restaurateur at a Moroccan restaurant in San Francisco called Mamounia. He later opened several Moroccan restaurants throughout Colorado before moving to Atlanta.
Throughout their careers, Rafih and his wife Rita have worked with or given presentations to numerous civic and culinary organizations including the American Culinary Federation, the Olympic Committee in Atlanta, the Atlanta Restaurant Marketing Association (which Rafih helped to launch), the Culinary Institute of America, the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the United Culinary Chef Association.
Rafih has represented Moroccan food on several shows on The Food Network and has been featured in several magazines including Bon Appétit. Last year, Rafih was the presenter of Moroccan cuisine and made a Valentine’s Day dinner at the James Beard House called “From Morocco with Love.”
Rafih is a great patron of the arts; enjoys reading, the theater, music and travelling. He speaks Italian, French, English, Moroccan, Arabic, Spanish and German.