Lo­cal cook­ing con­test of­fers Dh35k prize

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Do you watch Masterchef and think, ‘I could do that’? Well, now you have the chance to throw your hat in the ring and show off your culi­nary skills to com­pete for an amaz­ing prize in the UAE.

Dubai Knowl­edge Park and its busi­ness part­ner, the In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for Culi­nary Arts (ICCA Dubai), have launched a cook­ing and bak­ing con­test to fire up creative ta­lent and iden­tify Dubai’s finest in am­a­teur gas­tron­omy.

The Pasta & Pie Mys­tery Box Com­pe­ti­tion aims to sep­a­rate the fusilli flops from the choux cham­pi­ons by chal­leng­ing bak­ing and cook­ing en­thu­si­asts to pre­pare your best fresh pasta or dessert pie us­ing se­cret in­gre­di­ents from a mys­tery box dur­ing a live cook-off at the ICCA Dubai. The prize? Cer­ti­fied culi­nary cour­ses in cook­ery and patis­serie worth Dh35,000.

To enter, sub­mit a nice photo of your favourite fresh pasta or dessert pie dish, along with the recipe and a sum­mary, plus a selfie with the dish. The best sub­mis­sions will be short­listed and in­vited to take part in the live cook­ing and bak­ing show­down on Satur­day Novem­ber 21, wherein each fi­nal­ist will be given a mys­tery box of in­gre­di­ents with three hours to pre­pare the best dish from scratch. A panel of Dubai Knowl­edge Park, ICCA Dubai and celebrity judges will se­lect a win­ner and run­ner up for both cat­e­gories.

Reg­is­tra­tion on https://ic­cadubai.ae/ closes on Satur­day, Novem­ber 7

“I made a travel mon­tage of Dubai in 2017 and posted it on Face­book which re­ceived 35,000 views. This set the ball rolling for me. Af­ter this, I thought of cre­at­ing a proper nar­ra­tive film Flicker with the help of my school. I cast peo­ple from my class and a ma­jor part of the film was shot in my school — Gems Metropole, Dubai. This film was se­lected at the Lantern and Light In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Film Fes­ti­val in Mel­bourne and screened at Cameo Cin­ema,” adds Saiman­ish who has donned sev­eral hats as direc­tor, cin­e­matog­ra­pher and edi­tor.

The young film­maker grew up watch­ing both Hol­ly­wood and Bol­ly­wood films and grad­u­ally felt drawn to­wards film­mak­ing.

“I was in­trigued by the idea of how a film is made and all the dy­nam­ics sur­round­ing it. Then the whole idea of watch­ing it on a big screen seemed ex­tremely ap­peal­ing to me.”

“My mother who is a spe­cial needs ed­u­ca­tor has been ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing and she helps me in my projects as well. But what got me into film­mak­ing is my vlog. Un­for­tu­nately this led me to be­ing bul­lied by some peo­ple. But this didn’t act as a de­ter­rent, in­stead it made me more de­ter­mined in what I wanted to pur­sue. I started with learn­ing the use of pro­fes­sional soft­wares like Pre­miere Pro and ac­quired Kh­daap­proved cer­tifi­cates in edit­ing. I also learnt im­mensely from Youtube,” said the young film­maker.

His nar­ra­tive short, Me­tanoia has won mul­ti­ple awards at ac­cred­ited events such as Cal­cutta In­ter­na­tional Cult Film Fes­ti­val and the In­die Short Fest at the Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Film fes­ti­val.

“I al­ways like to high­light so­cial is­sues through my films and this par­tic­u­lar one talks about the en­vi­ron­ment and how an in­di­vid­ual can bring about the much re­quired change, ir­re­spec­tive of what­ever fi­nan­cial back­ground one hails from. Parts of the film have been shot at the Kite Beach and Sher­a­ton Grand Ho­tel in Dubai. This film went to dif­fer­ent coun­tries and helped me clinch awards in places like New

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