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20 July 2024

Appeal to use local produce

Didier Gusching will press the case at an industry forum in Abu Dhabi. (SUPPLIED)

By Staff Writer

A French chef and an Emirati farmer are teaming up to advocate the use of home-grown products in food and beverage industry.

Didier Gusching, Executive Chef, Kempinski Hotel Ajman, and Khalid Butti Al Shamsi, Owner of Mazaraa Organic Products, will press their case at an industry forum on Arabian hospitality at culinary fair Gourmet Abu Dhabi next week.

The pair will challenge the forum in their presentation 'Sourcing Local Arabic Product: Does Anything Worthwhile Actually Grow Here?' It will be followed by a tasting of more than 50 locally grown organic foods.

"This will be a presentation by two local pioneers who have proven, against incredible odds, that it is possible to grow and raise an incredible array of foodstuffs in the UAE," said Thomas Norberg, COO, Al Ghurair Group, who is leading the forum.

The forum will be held at the Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel on February 16. Admission is free but reservations are required.


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