Critical Cooking Show
Moon Cook
Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian and Chef Rabah Ourrad

The episode involves Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian and Chef Rabah Ourrad both cooking a traditional North African dish, 'Couscous royal', from their respective kitchens in London and Algiers. As they cook they discuss displacement, nation-states, colonisation, moon exploration and human settlements in space. Together they think about possible futures on the moon, and they end up eating their couscous in a DIY moon set they develop in their kitchen.


Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian is an award-winning designer of experiences, a French filmmaker with Algerian and Armenian descent, who creates multi-dimensional experiential projects at the intersection of film, science, tech, theatre, politics and design. Wired awarded her their inaugural Innovation Fellowship in 2014, and Icon magazine recognized Dr Ben Hayoun as one of the top 50 designers ‘shaping the future’. In 2018, Nelly has been distinguished as the first on the list of top 50 women on the speaker circuit by The Drum Magazine; while in 2017, Creative Review named her one of the Creative Leaders 50, selecting 50 creatives they felt were ‘driving change, not just within their organisation but in the world at large’. Dezeen selected her as one of the '50 inspirational women in architecture and design’.

Chef Rabah Ourrad is an Algerian activist rapper with the band MBS and a cooking chef.

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