In the snowy mountain city of Aspen, a James Beard Award-nominated chef is cooking Afro-Mediterranean cosine with French techniques and hyper-seasonal American ingredients—and she’s about to bring a bit of that deliciousness to your table.
Chef Mawa McQueen is the owner of Aspen’s Mawa’s Kitchen, The Crepe Shack, GrainFreeNola and the newly opened Mawita’s. She recently self-published the cookbook Mawa’s Way, which compiles her most popular recipes from Mawa’s Kitchen and tells her inspiring story.
Chef McQueen grew up in Africa’s Ivory Coast, lived in Paris and the French Alps, and learned to cook in the styles of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria along the way. Today, she melts those flavors and traditions into an exciting personal style, and her recipe for West African gumbo with fou fou is the perfect way to jump into her technique.
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Chef McQueen is sharing her recipe for West African gumbo with fou fou with our readers below. Grab a large pot or a Dutch oven and roll up your sleeves. This is a bold and fantastic bowl that will wow your friends and family, and might make you wanna catch a quick flight to Aspen.
Visit Mawa McQueen’s restaurants in Aspen and get her cookbook Mawa’s Way for more delicious dishes and inspiration.
Photography by: Courtesy McQueen Hospitality