Abu Dhabi gets tasty
Serving up a festival of flavour in Abu Dhabi
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.” firstname.lastname@example.org 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