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Celebrity Chefs showcase talents before Dubai Food Festival
February 17, 2016, 6:00 pm

Kuwaiti foodies were treated to an exclusive opportunity to learn some tasty tricks of the trade from popular and acclaimed Chef Manal Al-Alem and Kuwaiti celebrity Chef Wafaa Al Kandari, the Fatafeat TV star at an exclusive cooking session hosted by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) at the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Kuwait today.

The event gave the local media and food bloggers a small teaser of Chef Manal and Chef Wafaa’s exciting collaboration with the Dubai Food Festival (DFF) 2016 – a citywide culinary celebration which kicks off on 25 February and runs until 12 March, 016, under the theme 'Celebrate Taste'.  The festival which kicks off with the Kuwait National Day holiday will be an ideal destination for visitors from Kuwait who chose to spend their holidays in Dubai. Tickets for DFF 2016 are available for purchase on

“The 2016 edition of Dubai Food Festival will celebrate and further enhance Dubai’s position as the gastronomic capital of the region. For foodies and connoisseurs of fine dining and global cuisine from Kuwait, this will be a unique opportunity to go on a global gastronomic journey within the region itself,” said Debra Greenwood, Festival Director, Dubai Food Festival, Dubai Tourism. “Visitors from Kuwait can look forward to an entirely new line up of globally renowned chef and regional chef celebrity appearances that are set to enrich and enliven the Dubai Food Festival experience even more.”

One of the signature events of DFF this year – Dine with the Stars will see Chef Manal Al-Alem create a specially crafted three-course menu and share personal stories about her passion for cooking for food aficionados in the region.

Commenting on her participation at DFF 2016, Chef Manal said: “This is a really exciting time for Middle Eastern cuisine and it is great to see a food festival showcase homegrown talent from across the region. I am really looking forward to sharing my passion for Middle East cuisine at the festival with visitors while also savoring the diverse range of flavors at DFF 2016. It’s a great pleasure for me to be here in Kuwait as well to promote DFF 2016.”

According to Chef Wafaa Al Kandari, "The cooking session was a curtain-raiser of sorts in terms of what lies in store for Kuwaiti foodies at this year’s Dubai Food Festival, which gives regional chefs like myself a wonderful platform to share our love of cooking and further strengthen our unique and rich culinary roots. At the same time, it also offers food enthusiasts from around the world a fantastic opportunity to discover rare home-grown gems and menus that have shaped cooking traditions in the Middle East.”

As part of its delicious and diverse events lined up for this year’s edition, the Dubai Food Festival has teamed up with celebrity chefs from across the region to host a series of unique events – including the first-ever Dubai Restaurant Week, which will have thirty of the city’s most sought after restaurants offering bespoke three-course set menus (at a festive price of just KD15). Tickets for Dubai Restaurant Week can be purchased at https:/

The chefs will serve up a specially crafted menu and be on board to entertain their guests with kitchen memories and journeys they have experienced in their celebrated careers. The evenings of exceptional food and inspiring company are expected to be sell-out events at this year’s DFF.

Chef Manal popularly known as the “Queen of the Arabian Kitchen”, will also be seen at a number of other events, including:

• Emaar Long Table event on 26 February between 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Burj Park
• Cooking Demo (and) Meet & Greet session at the Ibn Battuta Mall on 26 February between 3:30 pm – 5 pm
• Food Discovery session with Chef Bader Najob Al Awadi in Global Village on the 26 February between 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
• Cooking demo with ladies in Beach Canteen on 2 March between 3:30 pm – 5 pm

The Fatafeat Kitchen at Lafayette Gourmet in Galeries Lafayette, Dubai Mall on 26 -27 February , will create another celebrity chef focus.  Spotlighting the region’s most popular home-grown food channel Fatafeat, the Fatafeat Kitchen will welcome Chef Mohamed Orfali who specializes in Modern Arabic cuisine; Chef Wafaa Al Kandari – expert of authentic Khaleeji cuisine; Chef Salma Soleiman – the modern housewife of Egyptian cuisine; Chef Leyla Fathallah Bayoon – best known for her cooking tips for newlyweds; Chef Da’ad Abu-Jaber – an expert on international cuisine with an Arabic twist; Chef Tarek Ibrahim – The Master of Meat and Chef Sadiqa Ismail from Kuwait.

Visitors to Lafayette Gourmet in Galeries Lafayette can look forward to live cooking demos, Meet & Greets, book signings and lots more from the long line-up of the most popular chefs in the Middle East.

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