Strasbourg, SYRIA - Chef

Hussam

Interview made by Cyril Bruyelle in November 2016​

What did you want to be when you were a kid?  

I wished I could do something related to aviation, civil aviation, something like that. But I couldn't because it was a bit complicated. I loved cooking since I was a child, it's in my nature. I am passionate about it. So I went into this field and I succeeded, praise be to Allah!  

 

With whom would you like to have a coffee?  

With my mother.  

 

If you could choose something that could be taught in every school in the world, what would it be? 

I would like the schools to be colourful, a child loves colours and I personally love colours. I feel like it gives energy to the child and motivation in life. The presence of beautiful colours and light in his childhood would have a nice impact on him when he grows up.  

 

To you, what’s the main characteristic that all human beings have in common?  

To be honest, it sounds like an easy question, but the answer is complex. People have many things in common but unfortunately, they show bad things to each other. When the truth is revealed, you would see that people are bad to each other and few are those who really mean to do good. 

Let me think... if I want to say it in one word... What they all share in my opinion is hate. 

 

If you were President of the US, what would your first reform be?  

Stop war in all countries. The thing that I wish for and that I would do is to stop wars and let everyone live peacefully in this world. USA cannot be the only ones to live while others disappear so that they can live. So the first decision I would make would be to help stop wars all over the world. Everyone has a right to live, it's not a right reserved to Americans only. 

 

What would you do if we gave you 1 million dollars now?  

I would keep half of it and send right away the other half to Syria.  

 

What’s the news that affects you the most in your country these days?  

What is happening in my country, Syria, is known to all. It is in such bad conditions. I don't think that it has ever happened to other countries in the history of mankind. In my opinion, there won't be any solutions, not within 5 years, at least. Everyone knows what is going on is very bad and I think that it won't change...  

 

If you had to create a company, what would it be?  

A small restaurant.  

 

What is your dream?  

The end of the war in Syria. That's my only dream, really.  

 

Close your eyes, you are in 2100, what do you see?  

I am going to be very honest with you… I don't think that things are going to be fine. I am pessimistic… It may be because of what is happening in my country, Syria. I imagine that technology is going to be big, that people will go as far as possible in technological innovations, with Internet and what is related to it. But there will be less contact between people, less love and care. They will be robots. No more, no less. 

 

What is the most beautiful thing that you’ve seen in your life?  

I will be frank and honest with you in my answers. It's The Holy Kaaba in Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. 

 

If you had to write a book about the current world, what would be the title?  

Love. One word only. Love each other. 

 

Which of your country's cultural specificities are you the proudest of? 

I am very proud that my city is among the first and oldest inhabited territories in the world and is still existing. There are a lot of monuments in Syria especially in Damascus. There were some in Aleppo but they have been destroyed. I hope and pray to God that these monuments will stay and that they won't disappear. 

 

If you had to explain our planet to an alien, what would you say?  

I would tell him that this is a wonderful planet, It has everything: nature, water, animals... It has many good things that God has granted us, this planet gives us in return everything, even more. When we plant a seed, it gives us a tree and always more. But you will find one bad thing on this planet. Human beings that are not learning from this planet or from this nature. They still believe that if they take the place of someone else, they will be happier; they are unable to learn how to live with each other. I always wonder: why are there hungry people on earth? People that feel defeated? People that are oppressed? Knowing that even animals don't oppress each other, we have never seen a wild beast kill another beast, or a weak animal attack another weak animal. All animals are able to live with each other, except human beings. So I would ask him to take care of this planet. Just keep away from human beings, limit your interactions with them as much as possible. 

 

And you, which question would you like to ask the world?  

My question will be linked to what I asked previously. Why isn't it possible for everyone to live in the same conditions? Or in more or less similar conditions? With very little difference? Why can’t people live together? It is one of the things I am very concerned about.