As the Austrian-born co-executive chef of East Village hotspot Edi & the Wolf, Eduard “Edi” Frauneder is no stranger to rich culinary traditions. Alongside fellow Viennese native Wolfgang “the Wolf” Ban, Frauneder spearheads a menu inspired by the rustic fare of classic neighborhood taverns in Austria (think Wiener schnitzel and spätzle).
So it’s no surprise that for his recent trip to Morocco—where he traveled from bustling cities like Marrakesh to quaint coastal towns like Essaouira—tasting the country’s regional cuisines was on the agenda. “This was my first time in Morocco,” says Frauneder. “The landscapes were immensely beautiful and varied, and I was really struck by the country’s rich Berber history and warm people.”
Also on the itinerary: kite surfing—a favorite hobby of Frauneder, which has inspired travels near and far throughout the years. “It’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite memory from the trip,” he adds. “But Essaouira had killer seafood…and of course, I got to kite surf alongside camels on the beach!”