In season: Parmesan cheese

Giorgio Maggioni, head chef,The Restaurant Address Boulevard, discusses using Parmesan cheese
Giorgio Maggioni.
Giorgio Maggioni.

What’s great about Parmesan cheese?

It can be used in various ways and for different dishes particularly as it is one of the few products that can be used fresh or with age. That said, I can’t deny the taste gets better as it matures.


How readily available is Parmesan cheese in this region?

Parmesan cheese is fast becoming one of the most important ingredients for a variety of cuisines including pasta, pizza and manakeesh. Its popularity has resulted in suppliers bringing quality Parmesan to the UAE to meet the needs of an evolving culinary market.

What should you look out for when buying this ingredient?

Parmesan cheese has different seasoning, varying texture and a diverse taste, so it is important to consider the age of the cheese and the dish one is making.

Any challenges with using it?

The main challenge is for one to be careful with using it as too much can result in the dish turning salty.

What’s the best way to use it?

Parmesan cheese has amazing flexibility and can be consumed raw with jam and dry fruit; grated on pasta and pizza, cooked as a sauce to elevate the taste of a risotto or to top off a dish with a final ingredient.

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