Sam and Sam met in the early ‘90s after being introduced by friends on the basis of their identical names - Samantha’s surname was Clarke before they married.
After a stint at The Eagle in Farringdon, generally credited with being London’s first proper gastro-pub, Sam and Sam joined Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray at the legendary River Café. Here they learned techniques and philosophies that would be the foundations for the cooking at Moro.
In the Spring of 1997, newly married, the two Sams embarked on a camper van road trip through Spain, to Morocco and the Sahara. They immersed themselves in the food of each region, trying in every way to forget their ‘western’ culinary habits and to learn to cook every dish like a native; to create faithfully the evocative flavours of the land.
The Sams have run Moro together for seventeen years and have published three successful cook books:
Moro: The Cookbook explores the tastes and dishes they discovered on that first road trip and the recipes on which Moro was founded.
Casa Moro came about after the Sams bought their house in Andalusia. It draws inspiration from Sierra Nevada village life and getting back to the old ‘al andalus’ ways.
Moro East follows the Sams’ East end allotment for a year, documenting not only the seasonal dishes it inspired, but also the thriving and diverse community.
The Sams opened Morito in September 2010 and in just three years the restaurant picked up two awards: a Michelin ‘Bib Gourmand’ and ‘Spanish Wine Restaurant of the Year’ at the Drinking Out Excellence Awards. In 2011 it was runner up in Time Out’s Best New Restaurant award and Conde Naste Traveller best restaurant design.