Gourmet golf and a day of chocolate are among new intiatives that will raise the stakes at next year's Gourmet Abu Dhabi.
The festival of fine dining, billed the Middle East’s premium culinary event, will return in 2011 with new additions to its masterful offering, say organisers.
The event, which runs from February 2 to 16 next year, is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and brings together chefs who have reached the pinnacle of haute cuisine with the best vintages for some true adventures in fine dining.
New features next year will include a charity dinner and a day of chocolate and pastry workshops conducted by women pastry chefs. Set to feature a host of international Michelin-starred masterchefs, renowned pâtissiers, special guests and the finest châteaux, Gourmet Abu Dhabi will be packed with unique dining experiences in settings of ultimate grandeur, said Noura Al Dhaheri, Acting Leisure Products Development Manager.
“These, and other special themed events we are working on, will join the ever popular and established masterclass programme, schedule of chateau dinners, a feast of Middle East cuisine and a gourmet golf experience,” she said.
The festivities will begin with the Abu Dhabi Gourmet Stars awards ceremony and a gala opening. Over the fortnight, the event features a forum comprising specialised workshops designed to function as knowledge transfer platforms between internationally recognised experts and their local and regional counterparts, as well as the Abu Dhabi Gourmet Stars Awards, an initiative aimed at spurring the local industry on to ever greater heights by recognising individuals and organisations who contribute to the capital's evolution into an internationally acclaimed gastronomic destination.
Chefs who have attended in previous years include Alain Passard, Régis Marcon, Heinz Winkler, Charlie Trotter and Vineet Bhatia.