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Dubai Food Festival Highlights

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    Dubai Food Festival’s Tastiest Events

    An Exciting Calendar Of Events For DFF 2017 

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    Highlights at Etisalat Beach Canteen

    Have the best of gourmet at participating fine dining restaurants.

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    Dubai’s Top Ten Emirati Hidden Gems

    Here’s your guide to top ten alternative Emirati restaurants.

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    Dubai’s Top Ten Hidden Gems

    Indulge in your craving for authentic and affordable eats.

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    Dinner With A View

    Experience top-dining while enjoying panoramic views of Dubai.

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    Vegan, Paleo Or Raw: Eat Healthily In Dubai

    Dubai encourages healthy lifestyle of foodies through various participating restaurants.

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    10 Eats Under AED10

    For less than AED10, enjoy Dubai’s best street eats.

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    The City With A Sweet Tooth

    High-street treats to food truck creations

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    Relaxation And Food At Your Fingertips

    It’s time for some downtime in Dubai.

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    Indulge In The Foodie Luxuries Of The City

    Unwind with the help of some fine dining and breath-taking locations

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    Couple’s Quality Time

    Enjoy Dubai’s romantic offerings for couples.

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    Fitness and Food

    Are you a foodie who is into fitness in a big way? Then engage in this three day plan created with you in mind.

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    Latin American cuisine and arts

    Latin American cuisine has been growing steadily in popularity in Dubai - from casual Mexican hotspots to Peruvian ceviche in a fine dining setting.

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    Middle Eastern Cuisine and Culture

    Indulge in Arabian flavours for an authentic experience.

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Dubai Food Festival Highlights

Celebrity Chefs

Salma Soleiman

Daad Abu Jaber

Mohammad Orfali

Leyla Fathallah

Darine El-Khatib

Karim Haidar

Aldo Zilli

Arda Türkmen

Bjorn Shen

Eric Lanlard

Paolo Pettenuzzo

Tim Anderson

Woo Wai Leong

Bader Najeeb Al Awadhi

Manal AlAlem

Atul Kochhar

Gohei Kishi

Michel Roux Jr.

Tarek Ibrahim

Jean-Christophe Novelli

Gizzi Erskine

Annie Féolde

Jason Atherton

Jaime Pesaque

Heinz Beck

Salma Soleiman

Salma Soleiman was born in Cairo, but grew up in Tunisia. In her early youth, Salma was fearlessly dedicated to trying new things and travelling the world. However, her culinary career veered unexpectedly when she enrolled in medical school.  Read More

Daad Abu Jaber

Daad Abu Jaber's path to the celebrity kitchen was filled with winding roads. All the while, her passion for the culinary arts developed and grew, as she demonstrated a natural talent for developing her own recipes. Today, Chef Daad is happily married to Khaled Abu Jaber and a mother of 3 beautiful children: two boys and a girl. Read More

Mohammad Orfali

Mohammad Orfali is a Syrian chef from Aleppo specialising in Aleppo's distinctive and beloved cuisine, as well as modern Arabic cuisine. He is an expert with 18 years of culinary arts and kitchen management experience. Orfali published his first cookbook, 'Ana Halabi,' in 2012, focussing on the food and history of Aleppo's diverse cuisine. He is the host of 'Matbakhna Al Arabi' and 'Modern Cuisine.' Read More

Leyla Fathallah

Leyla Fathallah is a Lebanese chef. Born in Beirut in 1974, she holds a degree in the culinary arts from 'Le Cordon Bleu' in France. Currently working in one of the top Beirut-based catering companies has issued her first cookbook 'Sit Beit,' Leyla has dedicated it to welcoming newcomers and fresh learners to the kitchen. She is the host of 'Teslam Al Ayadi' and 'Arousetna.' Read More

Darine El-Khatib

Darine El-Khatib is a TV presenter, actress, foodie and broadcasting professional. With over 12 years in the broadcasting industry, a vast number of social media followers and an MFA degree from CalArts in Film Directing, Darine has directed and produced more than 600 hours of TV content. Read More

Karim Haidar

Karim Haidar is the embodiment of passion transformed. He has gone from law professor at Sorbonne University in Paris to celebrity chef. In the last 15 years, Karim has been able to create a unique signature that forged a path to a new Lebanese cuisine. Read More

Aldo Zilli

Aldo Zilli is an award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur who specialises in Italian, vegetarian and seafood cuisine. Born in central Italy, he first learnt Italian home cooking from his mother. He has enjoyed being the founder and chef-patron of some of London’s innovative restaurants. Read More

Arda Türkmen

Arda Türkmen is an entrepreneur and chef with many culinary accolades to his name. Born in Istanbul, he studied in Saint Benoit French High School after which he graduated from Istanbul’s Bilgi University in business and performing arts.  Read More

Bjorn Shen

Bjorn Shen is an award-winning Singaporean chef who loves to incorporate daring twists to the meaning of food. His distinctive offerings can be seen in the quirky restaurant that he owns in Singapore’s art district – Artichoke. He’s built this brand to promote Middle Eastern cuisine with a playful and spontaneous twist while offering distinctive fare that is close to his heart. Read More

Eric Lanlard

Frenchman Eric Lanlard is a world-renowned Master Pâtissier known for his superlative baked creations. He moved to London at the age of 22 where he became head pastry chef for Albert and Michel Roux, the godfathers of modern restaurant cuisine in the UK. Five years later, he launched his own business, Cake Boy, a destination café and cookery school based in London. Read More

Paolo Pettenuzzo

Paolo Pettenuzzo is an Italian chef who loves creating gourmet food using simple flavours with an Italian touch. His passion for good food and creativity was instilled in him by his father at an early age. However, his love for languages took precedence as he enrolled in a prestigious university in Milan where he studied interpretation and communications. Read More

Tim Anderson

The youngest MasterChef on BBC1, London-based Tim Anderson is a food writer, author of ‘Nanban: Japanese Soul Food’ and the owner of ‘Nanban,’ a quirky Japanese restaurant in Brixton, London’s colourful culinary neighbourhood. He incorporates his American heritage and love for worldwide culinary tourism into the dishes he prepares while taking inspiration from regional Japanese food. Read More

Woo Wai Leong

Singaporean chef Woo Wai Leong is the first winner of MasterChef Asia. A lover of the classics for both food and drink, he has multiple skillsets such as craft cocktail bartending and working in different kitchen settings which he is keen to share with the F&B industry. A qualified lawyer, he found his passion for the kitchen early on in life. Read More

Bader Najeeb Al Awadhi

Teenage escapades in the kitchen turned young Bader Najeeb Al Awadhi’s culinary curiosity into a worthy career. This 20-year-old self-taught Emirati cook has a penchant for desserts. Read More

Manal AlAlem

Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Kitchen’, chef Manal AlAlem is a key social media influencer in the region. Her active presence includes presenting and producing several cooking shows since 2000, and continuous participation in food festivals and events throughout the Middle East. Read More

Atul Kochhar

Atul Kochhar began with India’s Oberoi group of hotels, and moved to London in 1994 to open Tamarind, where he earned his first Michelin star. His next, Benares Restaurant and Bar is where he was awarded a second Michelin star. Read More

Gohei Kishi

Chef Gohei began his culinary career in Japan learning the fundamentals of Japanese cuisine at Kappou Nakajima, a one Michelin starred restaurant. He moved to Madrid with Le Garage, and then to London with the Gordon Ramsay Group. As executive chef at MFMS in Dubai, he brings a creative flair to Mahiki, Ramusake, Copper Dog, and the group’s corporate and private event functions. Read More

Michel Roux Jr.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Michel Roux Jr. left school at age sixteen to pursue a culinary career. After working with a string of restaurants between Paris, London, and Hong Kong, he took over the family business, Le Gavroche in 1991 to give it his classic French culinary style with a lighter, modern twist. In 2010, Michel opened Roux at Parliament Square, and then Roux at The Landau in London. Read More

Tarek Ibrahim

Chef Tarek’s passion for cooking began at a young age in his seaside home in Alexandria. His career took off with a coffee shop in Minnesota called Upper Crust, which he went on to own. The first chef from the Arab world to attain Masterchef status, this much-awarded executive chef is also certified by World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS). Read More

Jean-Christophe Novelli

Multi Michelin-starred, celebrity chef Jean-Christophe, known as the ‘Nation’s Favourite French Chef’ holds an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Bedfordshire University. Restaurants like the Maison Novelli and Novelli in the Strand won him success, while Novelli at the Cellars in Cape Town put him on the international culinary map. Read More

Gizzi Erskine

Gizzi Erskine is a popular food writer and chef who’s known for her sell-out live events and pop-up restaurants in London. Not only has she collaborated with many UK talented chefs including Mark Hix, Angela Hartnett and Tom Kerridge, she’s a regular on many TV shows. Read More

Annie Féolde

Annie Féolde was born into a French family who appreciated how important good food and drink was to the concept of a happy life. In 1979, along with her husband, Giorgio Pinchiorri, she bought a place which they transformed into a restaurant which went on to win three Michelin stars. Their latest venture, The Artisan by Enoteca Pinchiorri, is a welcome addition to Dubai’s gourmet scene where the Italian way of cooking is celebrated. Read More

Jason Atherton

British-born Jason Atherton is the owner of the restaurant group, The Social Company, under which he has established several popular restaurants across the world, from the UK to Hong Kong and China. He opened his first ‘Social’ restaurant in Dubai, ‘Marina Social,’ a stunning waterside restaurant in Intercontinental Dubai Marina. Read More

Jaime Pesaque

Growing up in Peru, Jaime Pesaque was influenced by good home-cooked food. This interest quickly grew into a passion and by the time he was in high school, he was taking culinary lessons with a French chef at a local cooking school. Opening Mayta in Lima in 2010 proved to be so successful that Jaime went on to open a second location in Dubai. Read More

Heinz Beck

Heinz Beck brings his own interpretation to modern cuisine where not only he puts his undisputed culinary talent to good use but also pays attention to the ingredients used, thus transforming it into a delightful culinary experience. Heralded as a leader in Italian and Mediterranean culinary tradition. Read More


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