Ro­nen Givon and Chis­tian Mouys­set en­cour­age open democ­racy — for hum­mus

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

RO­NEN GIVON and his busi­ness part­ner Chris­tian Mouys­set, founders of food chain Hum­mus Bros, are used to cook­ing up their own vari­a­tions of the chick­pea snack. But af­ter en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to try their luck, they are so im­pressed with what they have seen — and tasted — that they have de­cided to serve it.

Mr Givon and Mr Mouys­set were among the judges at the Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­tre for Lon­don’s re­cent Hum­musFest, a hum­mus­mak­ing com­pe­ti­tion held in North Lon­don. Also judg­ing was res- tau­rant critic Vic­to­ria Pr­ever. “The pop­u­lar­ity of hum­mus is go­ing up,” Is­raeli-born Mr Givon, 31 (pic­tured right), tells Peo­ple.

“If you go into a su­per­mar­ket and look at the amount of shelf-space hum­mus takes up, it shows how pop­u­lar it is, and not just among Jews.” He adds that sales of hum­mus have gone up. “Peo­ple have less money to spend and hum­mus is rel­a­tively cheap and fill­ing.”

The win­ning en­try con­sisted of wal­nuts and co­rian­der, plus chick­peas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, wa­ter and salt. Mr Givon and Mr Mouys­set have agreed to serve the recipe in their two Lon­don-based out­lets for a week, do­nat­ing £1 per por­tion sold to char­ity.

But were they not con­cerned about the com­pe­ti­tion? “There was a lot of in­ter­est­ing in­spi­ra­tion to us,” says Mr Mouys­set, 27. “Al­though I’m not sure what we can do with the choco­late-chip one.”

PHOTO: JA­SON SHILLING­FORD

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