Egyptian Doctors Open Surgical-Themed Restaurant

“We tried to take our career values and apply them to this other field. There is no contradiction between them, we are still practising doctors,” said Mostafa Basiouny, one of the restaurant owners. 

A group of doctors in Egypt have taken their medical skills outside of the operating room, and into the kitchen.

United by a love for food, more than ten full-time doctors decided to pool their resources and invest in a fast-food restaurant, which offers high quality food to local residents in Damanhour, a city in Egypt’s north.

Mostafa Basiouny and his fellow founders were trying to fill a gap in the market which they say is riddled with restaurants selling unsafe food, with many food outlets not following proper hygienic procedures.

“The idea is simple. First of all, investment, especially into the food industry, is currently a very good investment.
Secondly, we have invested in a field which is close to our field, which is medicine. The food industry is also for example under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health, so we haven’t really gone far,” he said.

So, they decided to use their knowledge to create a menu that was affordable, of a high quality, and prepared in a kitchen with sterilised utensils.

The group of doctors are trying to fill a gap in the market which they say is riddled with restaurants selling unsafe food, with many food outlets not following proper hygienic procedures.

“This is not a negative thing; it is a very positive thing because our studies have helped us research, which reflects on how well cooked the food is and the quality of the herbs, and it reflects on the wrapping and how the sandwich leaves the kitchen,” said co-owner and chef, Mohamed Shashb.

The kitchen was modelled on an operating theatre, and the owners have incorporated medical terms into the names of the dishes.

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