Nourishing hope
through the magic of food

Culinary training for a fresh start in life

Fresh food made with love by our students and chefs

Learn to cook authentic Moroccan food with us

How We Work

Empowering women
one meal at a time

Amal Center is a safe and loving  space for women on their path to empowerment. Every woman can thrive in the right environment, and Amal is an open door when all other doors are closed.

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You deserve to be here

Amal creates a community around a common thread: we believe in the power of good food to change lives, to bring people together and nurture body and soul. Our students are at the heart of everything we do, and we have built our organization around them, their needs and their aspirations.

In addition to gaining a solid set of cooking skills, we want every student who goes through our training program to know that beyond the shadow of a doubt you deserve to be here. You deserve to be here at Amal, here at your new job, here in society, and here on earth, taking up space and time and resources.

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How we do it

Nourishing Hope,
Rewriting Narratives

We combine a successful training program for women who want to become chefs, with a popular restaurant and catering service.

"We value women’s knowledge and sense of intuition, the incredible know-how that is passed down among women in Morocco."
Nora Fitzgerald Belahcen — Founding President

The Training

A hands-on training program in culinary arts and life skills, leading up to jobs in the food sector
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The Restaurant

The ultimate social gastronomy experience, prepared by our students and chefs.
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The Cooking Class

Prepare a Moroccan meal with our students and chefs
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The Catering

Leave the planning of your event to us!
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Sign Language Cafe

Pilot project cafe staffed by Amal students from the deaf community
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Our impact

In Morocco, women make up only 25% of the workforce. Women’s labor is largely unpaid and undervalued, we're working to change that.


Women trained since our start in 2013


Employment rate for our graduates


Food baskets and meals to frontline workers
during Covid-19

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Be part of a powerful transformation

Our model is built as a social enterprise: 100% of revenues directly poured back into our social cause. That means every meal you eat or class you take with us are crucial to this work.

We can't do it without you!

Eat With Us

Come enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our students and chefs, with a daily, rotating menu.

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Cook With Us

Learn the secrets of Moroccan cuisine while making your own tajine, couscous and more.


Order Catering

Let us take care of your next event. We cater coffee breaks, buffets, sit-down meals, and more.

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What others say

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“Our group loved visiting the Amal Center's Cooking Class! Not only was the food absolutely amazing, but we got to learn how to cook it in a fun open atmosphere that allowed us to learn about Marrakech from some of the women that work in the center. We got to hear about their struggles and hear how much this organization means to them...By choosing to visit and take their cooking class, you are helping to empower the women of Marrakech!”
“Authentic and tasty home-made Moroccan food. It is a non-profit association that trains disadvantaged women in the art of gastronomy. I went on a Friday and had a couscous with chicken and vegetables very well prepared, with fresh ingredients, which was delicious. The service is kind and efficient, the atmosphere is cozy (with a totally positive energy), and the price is right. What a wonderful experience I had in this place!.”
“The chicken tajine they taught us to prepare was one of the best meals I ate in 3 weeks in Morocco. Learning about the services Amal offers and being able to support those services in this small way felt good.”
Delicious Food for a Good Cause
“I was here with a friend and I am proud of these people. The service was great, the food was very delicious.  I applaud the people who are participating in this.”
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