• Line-up includes family-oriented activities, demonstrations by renowned chefs, culinary competitions and raffle draws
• MasterChef New Zealand winner Tim Read and MasterChef India winner Nikita Gandhi add a twist to food vendors’ recipes at Etisalat Beach Canteen
This weekend at the Etisalat Beach Canteen guarantees an action-packed programme with live cooking demonstrations by MasterChef New Zealand winner Tim Read, MasterChef India winner Nikita Gandhi and chefs from restaurants participating in Dubai Restaurant Week, as well as the Etisalat Family Fun Day on Saturday, 5 March.
Welcoming visitors to indulge in a number of interesting fitness activities such as FlyBarre by FlyWheel Sports, there is a lot for everyone. Children can participate in MyGym, family yoga by the HotBox Kit, HIIT Class by Fast Athletic Training, and remarkable live music by Abbo Music and Ohm Records.
On 4 March, Chef Darren Velvick from The Croft and Walter Canzio from Social by Heinz Beck will keep the audiences engaged by celebrating the tastes of their freshly prepared food. The Influencer cook-off session will take place with Chef Faisal Naser and well known Dubai-based food blogger Karen McLean, known for her Secret Squirrel Food blog. A worldwide cook-off live demonstration by many chefs will present different cuisines and communities from Dubai Restaurant Week, including Italian restaurant Roberto’s, Japanese restaurant Okku and British inspired Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay. Al Islami will add some excitement with cooking for the Food and Film night featuring a James Bond film.
Saturday, 5 March is dedicated to the family under the Etisalat Family Fun Day banner that will include Etisalat sponsored cook-off events that will take place as part of the Dubai Restaurant Week. Chef Steve Deconinck, Executive Chef of the Palace Downtown Dubai will prepare healthy dishes and represent the Thai restaurant, Thiptara. Chef Naima Isaac will present cooking recipes from the restaurant Atelier M. A special art event will showcase artwork by numerous Emirati artists. Teenage Chef Bella will hold a kid’s cooking class using Al Islami food items.
On Saturday, 5 March, the Etisalat Beach Canteen will also host the raffle draws of the Home Edition and Signature Taste promotions that are among the attractions of this year’s Dubai Food Festival events calendar.
MasterChef New Zealand winner Tim Read and MasterChef India winner Nikita Gandhi are going to be back to cook on-stage with a few mum-dad pairs to make it interesting and add the culinary excitement in the evening.
Earlier, on Wednesday, 2 March, MasterChef New Zealand winner Tim and MasterChef India winner Nikita worked with various food vendors from the Etisalat Beach Canteen to present their own twist to the recipes. They demonstrated on the main stage how they prepared the dishes while the crowds thronged around them.
Chef Tim Read teamed up with food vendors Shawarma Station, Tori Matsuri and the Etisalat Beach Canteen sponsor Häagen-Dazs. He also prepared his own, unique version of Chicken Saj from the Shawarma Station and presented biscuits to create a special Häagen-Dazs ice cream sandwich with chocolate fudge. He blended in cucumber and sesame seeds into Tori Matsuri’s signature buckwheat noodles recipe.
Tim said: “The Etisalat Beach Canteen has the right combination of sun, sand and sea and it reminds me of my home in Auckland. This is my second visit to Dubai in the last six months and I can see how multicultural it is. This is reflected in the unique concepts that the home-grown food vendors have designed. Food, for me, is all about fresh produce and food sustainability. For example, I love going spearfishing back home where I have caught kingfish and snapper and fresh is best when it comes to cooking food.”
Chef Nikita Gandhi worked with Barsalata, Karak House and Khameer & Dough. She prepared many vegetarian dishes such as adding pomegranate labneh to Barsalata’s Mediterranean Freekeh, beetroot paratha with almond labneh stuffed falafel from Karak House, and Khameer & Dough’s eclairs filled with cream cheese-honey mix.
Of Dubai, she said: “I grew up in the UAE and I have seen how the food scene has evolved tremendously where it has attracted many international food chains and restaurants to set up shop here. Moreover, with home-grown food vendors entering Dubai’s gastronomic scene it has helped transform the Etisalat Beach Canteen into a one-stop culinary haven.”
The demonstrations came to an end with meet-and-greet sessions with the MasterChef winners.
The Etisalat Beach Canteen at Kite Beach is the central hub of the Dubai Food Festival that is organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The Etisalat Beach Canteen is open from 12:00 – 22:00 on weekdays and from 10:00 – 22:00 during the weekends of DFF 2016, which runs until 12 March under the theme Celebrate Taste’.
Dubai Food Festival is a citywide culinary celebration that presents the Emirate’s arrival a gastronomy destination through a 17-day programme of food-related consumer and trade events, activities, promotions and appearances by food celebrities. The Festival supports the diversity, creativity and multicultural nature of Dubai’s culinary offering – from five-star gourmet dining to everyday restaurants and cafés for all budgets; international brands to home-grown concepts influenced by traditional Emirati cuisine and the flavours of the 200 nationalities that live in Dubai.
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