Meet #MedFoodHeroes Ambassadors Walid and Maysoon Nasserdin

Walid and Maysoon Nasserdin‘s restaurant Coara is Lebanon’s first vegan restaurant nestled in the heart of the Shouf mountains where the couple also grow their own produce. They put their love into every single one of their dishes, creating unique and memorable experiences based on Lebanese food heritage.

Meet #MedFoodHero Ambassador: Renato Álvarez

Renato Álvarez was born into a “neo-rural” family who were trailblazers of organic farming in Andalusia. They were also members of the first social movements and associations dedicated to the production and organic food. Since he was little he was involved in agriculture until he decided to study Environmental Sciences at the Pablo de Olavide University (Seville).

Meet #MedFoodHero Ambassador: Fábio Bernadino

Fábio Bernardino is a Chef, the CEO of Travel & Flavours, a teacher, gastronomic consultant, trainer and event organizer; a young Chef whose excellence opened the doors to major Portuguese hotels and restaurants, like the Pestana Hotéis & Resorts group or the Heritage Lisboa Hotels, where he left his mark of professionalism and rigour. With a great passion for cooking, and especially for pastry, he started his career at the age of 14, when he attended the Professional Cooking and Pastry Course of the Lisbon Hotel and Tourism School.

Meet #MedFoodHero Ambassador: Alfredo Sendim

Alfredo Cunhal Sendim was born in Porto and spent his childhood between Lisbon (the city), Montemor-o-Novo (the countryside) and Ferragudo (the sea). Studied veterinary and zoo technical. In 1990 he moved to the Monte of Herdade do Freixo do Meio, a territory where, step by step, he has been developing a structural project in the agricultural and social field.

Meet #MedFoodHeroes Ambassador: Sahar Elhallak

Nine years ago, Sahar left her home in California and landed in Morocco in a quest to find herself. While she started a new life in Marrakech, she found some challenges to find restaurants that catered to vegetarians like herself. Since she always enjoyed hosting dinner parties and food-related fundraising events, she started cooking for friends which grew into welcoming people into her beautifully restored hundred-year-old house, for unique culinary experiences.

Meet #MedFoodHeroes Ambassador: Najat Kaanache

Born to Moroccan parents in a small town near San Sebastian in Spain, Najat Kaanache has been cooking at home since childhood. Now based between the US, Mexico and Morocco. She now creates magic in the kitchen as the owner and chef of the beautiful restaurant Nur in the ancient medina of Fez, named World’s Best Moroccan Restaurant in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She also opened CÚS (a Moroccan bistro in the heart of Mexico City) and Nacho Mama (a funky Mexican cantina in the medina of Fez).

Meet #MedFoodHeroes Ambassador: Driss Mellal

Driss Mellal was born in a small town in the south of Morocco, near the beautiful Dades valley. His love for cooking started at the age of 20, when he was in art school in southern France. He missed Moroccan food and flavours and so started cooking and experimenting himself. After graduating from art school, he didn’t work in the arts as planned, but instead went to culinary school. “I finally got to combine my art background with new cooking skills, and it became the start of a new life for me,” Driss says.

Sheep to Combat Climate Change

Asociación Trashumancia y Naturaleza collaborated with the city council of Madrid to organise the annual Fiesta de la Trashumancia Madrid 2019 (Transhumance Festival)—which saw 1800 sheep and 200 goats pass through the centre of Spain’s capital city. The event, now in its 26th year, was successful in creating awareness on the importance of maintaining this ancestral practice of which Spain is a global example and that is a very valuable tool in the fight against climate change and rural depopulation, among other benefits.

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Are you making informed decisions about what you put on your plate?

27 July 2020

It was really exciting to be part of the #MedFoodHeroes campaign and share our love for sustainable food and local gastronomy with people across the Mediterranean, and the world. We had a wonderful experience discovering the secrets of traditional recipes in the region as well as recognising the similarities that form our strong Mediterranean food culture…

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New revelatory publications (and more!) from the Mediterranean

1 September 2020

When M6 partners met in February 2020 in Lemnos, Greece to design the second phase of the Promoting sustainable land-use practices in Mediterranean Cultural Landscapes programme, the COVID-19 pandemic had already started globally, but its development in the Mediterranean was still unknown. One month later, the spread of the virus in the region was massive and lockdowns had begun. The sanitary, economic and social impacts of the pandemic are today huge and their scale still unpredictable. Phase 1 projects of this collaborative programme have been considerably affected by the situation and in March, our partners started to reflect on the challenges brought by the pandemic and the likely responses…

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Chefs, producers and cooks share their favourite Mediterranean recipes

23 June 2020

Sharing meals in the Mediterranean feels as good as the food tastes. Rooted Everyday is happy to introduce recipes from Greece, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal and Spain to whet your appetite, inspired by the sustainable ingredients of our #MedFoodHeroes...

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Two days, two events. Our first Share a Dish Night live event starts in a few hours!

26 June 2020

Join us. See what’s cooking, discover some Mediterranean recipes (and their health benefits) and learn about the positive impact you can have on the environment and people by shopping and eating sustainably!

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Join us for Share a Dish Night on Instagram today! Live from the Greek Island of Lemnos

27 June 2020

Next on the menu (pardon the pun) is our Live Event on Instagram. Join Alexia today from the Greek Island of Lemnos, where we work with farmers to support traditional and environmentally friendly ways of working with the land, especially the mandra system…

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Understanding mobile pastoralism and how it contributes to preserving Mediterranean landscapes

14 February 2020

Pastoralism, either in the form of sedentary extensive livestock management or transhumance, is the most important cultural practice in the evolution and maintenance of Mediterranean landscapes. Here’s a brief insight into this traditional practice in countries across the Mediterranean.

In agdals in the Moroccan High Atlas, the closing of pastures allow the vegetation to complete its reproductive cycle before grazing is opened to flocks, thus encouraging plant diversity and ecosystem health

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The Mediterranean Food Heroes 2020 fortnight campaign starts today!

15 June 2020

Do you choose good quality food from local sustainable food producers?

Through our #MedFoodHeroes campaign, we are sharing stories, recipes and food facts from the Mediterranean to show how the food we choose to put on our plates impacts both the environment and the sustainable economy.

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Ever wonder how goat cheese is produced? Do you know about the traditional techniques used to cultivate barley?

19 June 2020

One way to eat like an environmentalist is to support sustainable food producers. Through our two-week #MedFoodHeroes campaign, we aim to show how biodiversity in our ecosites is strongly linked to the sustainable food producers we work with in beautiful Lemnos, High Atlas, Dehesas, Montados, Menorca and Shouf. Here, we introduce some of our #MedFoodHeroes. Read on!…

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Meet the winner of the Rooted Everyday Mediterranean Short Story Prize!

1 October 2019

Sophia Sifaki from Greece is the winner of the first Mediterranean environmental-themed short story prize with her story The Treasure.

Sifaki’s story The Treasure spins an enchanting conservation tale in which a young doctor arrives on the small Greek island of Lemnos ready to serve its colourful population, having been charged by her benefactor to discover the hidden treasure of the island….

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Download Free eBook from #MedStoryPrize 2019 Award Winning Writers

9 October 2019

Download Free eBook from #MedStoryPrize 2019 Award Winning Writers

Many Paths, One Mediterranean is a free eBook from the Rooted Everyday Mediterranean Short Story Prize 2019 Finalists. This eBook features new Mediterranean tales drawn from a rich cultural past and is a reminder of the urgent call to protect our land and sea…

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Announcing the #MedFoodHeroes 2020 campaign!

11 February 2020

A big part of the Rooted Everyday campaign for 2020 will be focused on Mediterranean Food Heroes from our ecosites. They’re people who produce, shop and cook sustainably from across the Mediterranean. It’s an opportunity to talk about culture and biodiversity whilst showcasing the quality ingredients the Med has to offer. We want to show the rest of the world how the food we choose to put on our plates impacts both the environment and the sustainable economy

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A new writing prize to support biodiversity and Mediterranean culture!

2 April 2019

At the beginning of April 2019, RootedEveryday launched the Mediterranean’s first environment-themed short story competition called #MedStoryPrize. This 3000-word short story competition is for writers over 18 who are resident or from the Mediterranean regions of Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Greece or Lebanon. 

The purpose of the prize is to celebrate the rich biodiversity found in the Rooted Everyday eco-regions and to tell the stories of the people whose livelihoods depend on traditional and sustainable practices.

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One week left to send your story for the #MedStoryPrize competition!

17 June 2019

The #MedStoryPrize is calling for stories that draw inspiration from the oral tradition of handing down tales in the #RootedEveryday ecoregions, struggles of the people, the richness of the land and the urgency for preserving it. 

The winner and finalists will have their stories published in an international eBook. The #MedStoryPrize winner will be announced on 1 October 2019 and will get the opportunity to travel to their national eco-site which includes accommodation, guided tour and subsistence.

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Do you care for the Earth? Do you want to help those whose livelihoods depend directly on it? Be #RootedEveryday!

21 June 2019

Learn more about our projects that support local people to maintain a sustainable way of life in the Mediterranean through forest protection, land restoration, and soil and water management. 

Read updates about the women driving rural transformation in Spanish dehesas, how we can prove that cultural practices are beneficial for biodiversity, and how to write environmental stories for change…

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