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Hats Off To Gourmet Abu Dhabi As Annual Culinary Festival Opens In Red Carpet Style

February 10, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The UAE capital rolled out the red carpet at the beachfront Falcon Law of the five-star Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, for the Gala Opening of its annual Gourmet Abu Dhabi culinary festival which runs across more than 20 of the city’s finest restaurants until February 19.

HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan welcomed nine of the event's star-studded masterchefsThe opening – now established as one of the most glamorous events on Abu Dhabi’s social calendar – was attended by the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan who welcomed nine of the event’s star-studded Masterchef cast.

The culinary roll call included the USA’s Christopher Kostow; Italy’s Marco Sacco; South Korea’s Edward Kwon; Australia’s Russell Blaikie; Denmark’s Henrik Yde Andersen; Britain’s Michael Caines; India’s Sanjeev Kapoor; French master patissier, Fabrice David and the UAE’s very own celebrity Chef Khulood Atiq.

Together the culinary line up  delivered a ‘hats off’ salute to the event which has been ranked by the Sydney Morning Herald metropaper as amongst the world’s Top Six gourmet festivals. 

Opening night guests got the chance to savour the creativity of Abu Dhabi’s own hospitality stars with food stations from Gourmet Abu Dhabi hosting venues and chefs from: The Forge, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal; 18° Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi; Teatro, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi; Blue Grill, Yas Island Rotana Abu Dhabi; Pachaylen, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara; Brasserie Angélique, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi; Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, Café D’Alsace by Royal Catering and The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort.

Entertainment for the evening came via the UAE’s very own SAMA Quartet – the Emirati Barber’s shop acappella harmony sensation and  Afif Jazz.

Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2014 is the fastest-selling in the event’s six year history. Tickets are available from or by calling +971 2 4181 401.

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