The World on Your Plate at Gourmet Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 4th February, 2015 (WAM) — This year’s annual Gourmet Abu Dhabi, running from 11th to 20th February, returns with a diverse menu of Michelin-star chefs, special guests, cooking master classes and gourmet dinners hosted at a range of the UAE capital’s leading restaurants, for what is one of the most anticipated gastronomic events of the year.

The culinary extravaganza is just one course of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Food Festival that is taking place from February 5th-21st across the emirate, which also includes the new three-day Emirati Kitchen event and the emirate’s first Street Feast, held in the Western Region, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi city.

“Gourmet Abu Dhabi has been an immensely popular addition to Abu Dhabi’s entertainment scene since its inception in 2009 and continues to develop year on year and attract worldwide attention,” said Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director of Tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, which is organising the festival.

“We have more than 30 master-classes from world-class chefs, cooking demonstrations and gourmet dinners to experience and enjoy. This festival gives us the opportunity to highlight the continual efforts to raise culinary standards available across the emirate, with the choice and range of excellent international cuisine constantly being expanded. Coupled with our famed Arabian hospitality, we are sure residents and visitors will once again be enthralled by this year’s Gourmet Abu Dhabi.” International star chefs making an appearance in the capital include Niclas Yngvesson and Gustav Knutsson, owners of the Michelin-starred restaurant Bhoga in Sweden. The chefs will be bringing a distinctly Scandinavian flavour to the capital at the Beach Rotana’s Finz restaurant, demonstrating their finest seafood recipes while guests can take part in a master class to create their own three course menu under their expert supervision.

Guests can ‘Dine with the Stars’ at the Hilton Abu Dhabi, with Michelin star Dutch chef Wilco Berends on February 12th and 13th, while American celebrity chef Todd English will host an exclusive dinner on February 16th at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal’s Forge restaurant.

Other notable chefs will be demonstrating their culinary skills and preparing exclusive dinners at restaurants across Yas and Saadiyat islands and Abu Dhabi city throughout the 10-day celebration of food.

This year’s festival has a rich mix of events for gourmands, young and old, with a Gourmet Golf Experience at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club on Saadiyat Island the appertiser for this year’s Gourmet Abu Dhabi. On February 13th, guests can enjoy 18 holes of Championship golf along with gourmet dining stations at strategic holes and a gourmet prize-giving dinner in the evening.

Children with a passion for food can enjoy learning the art of cooking fresh pasta and other delights at various events during the festival while a Gourmet Pie Festival will be held at the Crowne Plaza on Yas Island.

Chef Marco Lucentini, executive chef at BOA Abu Dhabi, the famed Hollywood hotspot’s first restaurant outside of the US, based at the Eastern Mangroves Promenade, will hold a masterclass in ‘how to cook the perfect steak’ followed by dinner on February 16th to 18th while diners will be treated to exemplary food from across Arabia, Europe and Asia as resident chefs create special menus to celebrate the festival.

Running alongside Gourmet Abu Dhabi will be Emirati Kitchen from February 5th-7th at the East Plaza, Abu Dhabi Corniche, which, under the guidance of Emirati culinary consultant chef Khulood Atiq, will provide a forum to celebrate authentic Emirati dishes and encourage the community to come together through their appreciation of fine food.

The emirate’s first Street Feast will see a caravan of international and local food trucks traverse the emirate over three successive weekends with events at Madinat Zayed Public Park in the Western Region from February 5th-7th, Al Jahili Park in Al Ain the following weekend and in West Plaza of Abu Dhabi Corniche from February 19th-21st.

Hotels taking part in this year’s Gourmet Abu Dhabi include Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi, Beach Rotana, Ritz-Carlton, Grand Canal Abu Dhabi, Al Raha Beach Hotel, Hilton Abu Dhabi, Yas Island Rotana, Crowne Plaza Yas Island, Park Rotana, Grand Millenium Al Wahda, Shangri-La Abu Dhabi and Dusit Thani.