Najat Kaanache, of Moroccan descent, was born and raised in San Sebastian of Spain's Basque Country. She became famous as a lead actress on Spanish daytime television and then traveled throughout the Middle East and South America working in philanthropy to empower women and street kids. She later attended culinary school and gained fame as "The Pilgrim Chef" by blogging throughout her four years of apprenticeships with the world's top chefs: Ferran Adria, Rene Redzepi, Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, Heston Blumenthal and Martin Berasetegui.
After spending two years spanning apprenticeships at Chicago's "Alinea", Napa's "French Laundry", New York's "Per Se", and Copenhagen's "Noma" Kaanache went on to train intensively during the final two historic years at Spain's "el Bulli". She has since instructed chefs across the globe on the latest gastronomic techniques and taught and lectured on the science of cooking at Harvard University and New York University.
She is currently the executive chef of Private Social in Dallas, TX.
Directed by Gustav Schmiege
Music by Hanna Madbak