Artza hosts its first ever live cooking event with award-winning Israeli chef, Moshe Basson

By Itai Schimmel

Published October 15, 2022.

Chef Moshe Basson

Hundreds of people from all over the United States joined for a live, online special event this Sunday in Jerusalem. Artza hosted award-winning Chef Moshe Basson as he cooked up a delicious twist on the classic Israeli dish known as shakshuka underneath the old city walls of Jerusalem - "the setting was simply magnificent." . Artza features an assortment of artisanal goods, spices, and recipes in their quarterly subscription box, and this was a new way for our subscribers and anyone interested to be able to learn more about the rich culture and cuisine of Israel.

Chef Basson is well known for his traditional cooking that features ancient biblical ingredients, which includes the use of many wild plants and herbs which he often gathers himself on foraging expeditions in the Jerusalem hills. Basson was an early advocate for the “slow food” movement in Israel. He is the owner and head chef of The Eucalyptus restaurant in Jerusalem., and he immigrated to Israel with his family when he was just nine months old.

Chef Moshe Basson

Underneath the ancient city walls of Jerusalem, as the sun was setting and the sky was glowing, the setting for our first masterclass was simply magical.

Basson has given cooking lessons in a number of Israeli embassies worldwide. In 1998, he was even invited to present a cooking demonstration and prepare dinner for guests at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for the 50th anniversary of Israel's Independence Day. He is also a two-time winner of the international CousCous Fest in Italy.

“Chef Basson is exactly the type of person we were looking for to kick off the first of many cooking demonstrations and cultural teaching moments we hope to provide for those who love the Holy Land,” said Itai Schimmel, the founder of Artza. “I know he will keep his audience entertained, that they will want to make his green shakshuka a regular part of their diet, and that they will learn a lot of Israeli and Biblical history along the way.”

Ahead of the live event, Artza provided a shopping list as well so that folks could cook alongside Chef Basson in real time - watching people across the ocean cooking shashuka alongside us here in Jerusalem was a truly special experience, we feel truly blessed and cannot wait for our next live cooking class - stay tuned!

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