Egypt Fries Israel in London Falafel Cook-out

A cook fries Falafel balls at a restaurant in Jounieh, north of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on October 17, 2014.
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Haaretz reports: Egypt took first place in a London falafel cook-out last Sunday, according to The Guardian.

Represented by chef Moustafa Elrefaey from the Cairo chain Zooba, Egypt beat Israel, represented by chef Uri Dinay, into second place. Dinay’s Pilpel chain has four branches in London.

Also competing were two London-based chefs, Abdullah Amin of Origin Of and Palestinian-Lebanese Rasheed Muhammed of Hoxton Beach.
A Lebanese team was unable to compete because its members were denied visas to the United Kingdom.

Hosted by food critic and writer Daniel Young, the London falafel festival at Borough market was part of the UN’s International Year of Pulses , which aims to highlight their nutritional benefits.

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