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War correspondent Tariq Abdel Jaber after years of hiatus: Cooking is my favorite hobby and cooking is a title that seeks happiness

The face is not strange. The sound coming from the kitchen of one of the satellite channels is familiar to the ear as it sings the famous Ramadan clip of Fouad Al-Muhandis, “My sisters are fasting and my wife wants to starve me to death.” It is the same voice that has always passed in the ears of Egyptians and Arabs in television reports that talk about the tragedies of the peoples in Palestine and Libya in Chad, China, Cuba, Russia, Eritrea, Somalia and others.

But the same voice does not wear the famous helmet and jeans, but the chef’s hat and chef’s uniform, so it’s not him, it’s not reasonable to be the same person, but after a minute the debate ends. and the cooking episode ends with the same famous ending, “Tariq Abdel Jaber was with you.”

Tarek Abdel-Jaber is one of the most famous war correspondents who aired on Egyptian television from 1988 to 2008, when former Information Minister Mamdouh El-Beltagy made a decision to return the sector’s most famous war correspondent. of news in the Maspero building. Abdel-Jaber returned to Cairo, but he never returned to his job.

The story of Abdul Jaber, who was embodied by Henedy

Al Jazeera Net interviewed the most famous war correspondent for Egyptian TV, who appeared in the photo of the uniformed reporter and Mohamed Henedy, his famous character in the movie “The Next Statement Came”, has extracted from him.

Coincidence was the main driver of the life of Tariq Abdel Jaber, who was guided by fate in all the details of his life, in the beginning, it led him to his work as a war correspondent and illuminated his way back into the spotlight through his program. “Chef Tarek” on the Egyptian channel Al-Shams.

Abdel-Jaber told Al-Jazeera Net, “Coincidence changed the course of my life and put me in Palestine in a completely fatal way. I was going to cover the war in Slovakia, so I got a call that I had to go back to. Maspero because the country of coverage was changed. “

“I learned after returning that the new place of cover is Palestine,” Abdel-Jaber continued.

Coincidences did not stop in Abdel Jaber’s life at the time, but they often brought him to the cover that caused a stir in the years when his name was frequented among the world’s leading news correspondents. International channels broadcast his outstanding reports quoting from Egyptian television. Standard Arabic to make the Egyptian conversation with its accent and beloved brown a place in the hearts of its followers on all Arabic screens.

A coincidence led him to the sun kitchen

Tariq Abdel Jaber tells Al Jazeera Net again about his return to the media, “Chef Tarek’s program was not the agreed program to be presented with the Al-Shams channel team, but the main program was the correspondent program, in which I would discover. career scenes in which I have spent 20 years and interview secrets Reports I have made throughout my life in all areas of conflict in the most difficult periods of the Middle East, but an invitation to dinner at my home for the Broadcasters changed the face of my first meeting with viewers after a long absence. ”

Broadcaster Tarek Abdel Jaber is preparing the program “Divers in the sea of ​​Egyptian cinema” (social networking sites)

Abdel Jaber continues his conversation for Al Jazeera Net, adding: “Cooking has been my hobby for years. I have always prepared feasts for my friends and invited them to have lunch or dinner together. I like to cook and “I have loved Egyptian cuisine since I accompanied it. My mother was preparing the food and I watched her talk passionately about food breathing and change. The taste of food varies with the spices, ingredients and craftsmanship of each person.”

He added, “My lack of marriage contributed to the continuation of my passion for the kitchen and the determination of Al Shams channel friends was the coincidence that paved the way for Chef Tariq program, as the channel executives discovered my outstanding cooking. and my different way of talking about the arts of preparing and cooking food, so the idea arose to introduce a cooking program for Ramadan and push the idea of ​​a Correspondent program for after Eid.

Abdel Gaber was at the forefront of the trend in Egypt after returning to the spotlight from his program, Chef Tarek, not only because of the cooking, but also for the social themes he added to the content of his program, not in depth, but in proportion to a cooking. program.

Abdul Jaber says, “Our social issues link food and life. It is not natural for me to talk about major social or societal problems in the atmosphere of frying, baking and food preparation.”

The Al Jazeera reporter reminds me of my youth

The chief Egyptian television correspondent did not stop following reports from correspondents from all conflict zones to date and praised the performance of Al-Jazeera correspondents in covering Ukraine, adding that Al-Jazeera correspondent Omar Al-Hajj always reminded the youth of his. , with its various performances and distinguished ratios.

After Ramadan, the Chief’s program will stop and the reporter’s character, Tariq Abdel Jaber, will return to talk about the profession, what it was and what it is now.

The most famous Egyptian journalist adds that he is also in the process of preparing a program “Divers in the Sea of ​​Egyptian Cinema”, in which he tells scenes from many ancient Egyptian films and exciting stories about stars and movie stars in nice time.

Years of exile and alienation

The great sadness involves Abdel Jaber when he remembers the period in which he left Egypt and the loneliness, sadness and illness that happened to him at that time and always keeps him away from his memory and does not like to talk about it, adding. “Thank God you had a good time.”

Sadness fills Abdel Jaber’s voice when he talks about the technological boom in which we live today and did not appear at the peak of its splendor. A way to publish it through diaries that tell what was going on and the secrets they were told and which the Ethics of the profession judged not to reveal, but time was enough to open the door to show what was hidden and was greater.

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