Abu Dhabi gets tasty

Serv­ing up a fes­ti­val of flavour in Abu Dhabi

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With celebrity chef mas­ter­classes, work­shops and 25 restau­rant stalls on site, this year’s Taste of Abu Dhabi of­fers some­thing spe­cial. Re­turn­ing for its third edi­tion, the food ex­trav­a­ganza has a bit of ev­ery­thing.

From In­dia’s San­jeev Kapoor through to the ‘Gig­gling Gourmet’, pop­u­lar South African TV Jenny Mor­ris, foodies and as­pir­ing cooks will have a great chance to learn some top tech­nique from the big­gest names in food. And if mu­sic is more your thing, step back in time and en­joy a healthy serv­ing of Abba tunes cour­tesy of the bril­liant Bjorn Again.

Celebrity duo Mo­hammed Or­fali and Tarek Ibrahim from pop­u­lar TV show Hakawi are sure to be a huge draw. Visi­tors can sign up for a spe­cial cook­ing chal­lenge with the duo. Mo­hammed ex­plains: “I can’t di­vulge any de­tails as it’s a sur­prise for all our visi­tors.

“What I can say is I will be teach­ing and chal­leng­ing peo­ple to make the per­fect omelette. So, sharpen your knives and skills to cre­ate a Masterchef-class omelette.”

The duo, who broke stereo­types in their fam­i­lies to be­come Arab chefs, have put cui­sine from the Le­vant to the top of their agenda for this week­end. They en­cour­age food fans of all na­tion­al­i­ties to en­joy their cap­i­tal master­class.

“Our shows are usu­ally in Ara­bic, and al­though we do have ex­pats watch­ing it, through fes­ti­vals like these, nonAra­bic speak­ing peo­ple, who love Ara­bic food can come down and learn how to make your per­fect tra­di­tional Le­vant dishes,” said Mo­hammed.

“We will be cook­ing some cus­tom­ary Ara­bic dishes, like the Kibbeh, us­ing the same tra­di­tional in­gre­di­ents, but with mod­ern tech­niques,” he added.

“Our style of cook­ing is the re­sult of years of ba­sic re­search, read­ing cook­books and ex­per­i­ment­ing. That is why I ac­tu­ally be­came a chef, be­cause I was al­ways a cu­ri­ous kid. I wanted to know how and why things hap­pen, which means I also wanted to know how food is cooked,” Mo­hammed said.

Chef Tarek is look­ing for­ward to some in­ter­ac­tion with food fans. He said: “At the fest, I will be able to give my fans some of the food that they usu­ally watch me cook on TV, they can taste it them­selves and be­lieve and say that my food is worth it.

“This is my op­por­tu­nity to show fans that my food tastes as good as it looks on screen.” ma­hak@7days.ae Taste of Abu Dhabi opens to­day from 411pm and runs un­til Satur­day (12-11pm on Fri­day and 12-10pm on Satur­day) at Zayed Sports City. taste­abud­habi.com

CULI­NARY CLASS: Hakawi’s Mo­hammed Or­fali

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