By Jessica Morris
Photographs by Rachel Woolf
RABAT, Morocco – “Everything in our lives needs creativity!” Youssef Alouan, 47, a chef from Café Restaurant Bab Laalou exclaimed as the corners of his eyes started to crinkle.
He tilted his white bandana-wrapped head, lifted a calloused hand and laughed, “Everything! Even when I make eggs, I use creativity.”
Alouan is a chef, manager and waiter at one of the many cafés on the bustling streets of the capital of Morocco. On Fridays, he garnishes vegetables on a traditional dish of couscous into a colorful design.