Time Out searching for Dubai's best young chef

Deadline approaching for entrants to premier culinary competition
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Time Out Dubai Young Chef of the Year 2012 chef Anup Pawar, sous chef at The Address Downtown Dubai.
Time Out Dubai Young Chef of the Year 2012 chef Anup Pawar, sous chef at The Address Downtown Dubai.

Time Out Dubai has announced the return of its Young Chef of the Year event, designed to unearth the city’s finest young culinary talent.

The Young Chef of the Year event, supported by the Emirates Culinary Guild and presented by Lafayette Gourmet, will take place at The H Hotel on December 11, 2013. On this date, five chefs from across Dubai, all 30 years old or younger, will each cook a four-course festive meal for an expert panel of judges and a collection of Time Out readers. Each dish will be scored against set criteria before the winner is announced on the night.

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Time Out Dubai editor Andrew Sherwood said: “This event is now in its third year and last year’s festive theme was a huge success, so are back once again complete with all the trimmings. With continued high-profile openings and hundreds of restaurants spanning the spectrum of world cuisines, we are anticipating a hotly contested final in December as the chef’s, restaurants and hotel brands go all out for the gong!”

The judges will include chief judge Uwe Micheel, president of the Emirates Culinary Guild and director of kitchens at Radisson Hotel Dubai Deira Creek; Scott Price, executive chef at Table 9 and concept development for the Albawardy Group; Russell Impiazzi, culinary director at Lafayette Gourmet; Silvena Rowe, Celebrity Chef and Consultant at The H Hotel and Andrew Sherwood, editor of Time Out Dubai. The event will be hosted by the creator of This Dude Knows Food, international model and chef, Paul Frangie.

Invitation letters have been sent to some of Dubai’s best hotels and restaurants to invite applications throughout November. These applications will be reviewed by the expert panel to determine the final five chefs, who will be announced later this month. The deadline for initial applications closes on November 19.

The Time Out Dubai Young Chef of the Year event is an annual fixture in the calendar for food lovers and F&B professionals and marks 12 months of hard work by the local food industry, which strives tirelessly to maintain Dubai’s presence alongside the top culinary cities in the world.

“This event unites Dubai’s best young chefs and is a great showcase of the superb talent in the city’s kitchens,” says Emirates Culinary Guild president Uwe Micheel. “We’ve endorsed the event for three years and we’re proud to continue our association.”

Time Out Dubai Young Chef of the Year is presented by Lafayette Gourmet and is supported by The Emirates Culinary Guild, The H Hotel, Miele, Hotelier Middle East, Caterer Middle East and African + Eastern.

Previous winners include, South African chef Wesley Berghoff who is now head chef at The Marco Pierre White Grill and last year’s winner Chef Anup Pawar, Sous Chef at The Address Downtown Dubai. Chef Anup dedicated his victory to his mother and his two month old son who he had not seen for two days because of his dedication to the competition!

Time Out Dubai Young Chef of the Year tickets will go on sale through timeouttickets.com on Sunday November 17 and are priced at Dhs395. This consumer ticket includes a four-course festive menu cooked by one of the final five chefs, plus unlimited house beverages courtesy of African + Eastern.

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