Chef Five Bites: Abdellah Aguenaou

CIA-trained, Moroccan-born Abdellah Aguenaou is executive chef at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel. These are his Five Bites.

1. Vadouvan spiced Alaskan halibut with coconut-curry emulsion at Proof

2. Eric Zeibold’s pan-seared Maine diver scallops at CityZen

3. Calabrese pizza (“I love anchovies.”) at 2 Amys

4. Chicken bastilla at Casablanca in Alexandria. “It’s a traditional version of the Moroccan phyllo dough pie stuffed with chicken, eggs, almonds, walnuts and onions, and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar.”

5. Our Maryland crab cakes in the Café Promenade at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel

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