Hicham Amaaou was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco as the oldest of three boys. Describing his childhood as a “perfect family,” there was a heavy emphasis on education and athletics. The example of excellence and drive was laced with a tremendous amount of love, affection, and good values. The family traveled extensively, where he immersed himself in various cultures, eventually mastering five languages.
Wanderlust, instilled by his upbringing, brought him to the United States. After earning a degree in computer engineering, he proceeded to travel about the west coast and eventually finding his way to the East Coast, settling in Connecticut.
Soon enough, hotelier and restaurateur Charles Mallory and Rick Wahlstedt brought him to Artisan Restaurant at the Delamar Hotel in Southport, CT. Promptly rising up the ranks to General Manager then Director of Operations, Hicham’s passion for the industry is unparalleled. His philosophy for success is simple; he views Artisan as his home, the staff as his family, and the patrons as guests, while expecting Artisan staff members to embrace and practice his hospitality principles.
Hicham is thrilled to bring Artisan to West Hartford, a true dining and shopping mecca, with a strong historical significance. He is honored to welcome the staff and the local community to his growing family.