Head Chef of the Year – Hotel Managed Outlet at the Caterer Middle East Awards 2019 went to Little Miss India’s chef de cuisine Arif Mohammad.
Known to his peers as “The Chef’s Chef”, Mohammad ensures the training and mentoring of his staff is one of his top priorities, helping them become well-rounded and happy in their work.
Our judges felt he has set his venue apart from many others in the city by staying away from discounts and letting his food do the talking – which it has done to great success at Fairmont The Palm.
A reduction in his restaurants food production costs by more than 20% in 2018 can be attributed to his desire to create what they can in-house, and carefully crafting his dishes to reduce waste.
Mohammad couldn't make the awards dinner so Ninad Salvi, a chef at Little Miss India, picked up the award o his behalf from Sile Sweeney, brand manager at Silver Fern Farms.
Caterer Middle East caught up with Salvi after the ceremony to find out why Mohammad was a deserving winner. He said: “Because of the work that he does. He knows what he’s doing with the ingredients, he knows about the food that he works with. He’s a master of all Indian cuisine. He’s hardwired for many big, speciality restaurants and this is what he gets for his success.”
It was a good evening for Little Miss India at JW Marriott Marquis, with Abhijit Gurav also picking up a highly recommended in the restaurant manager category.
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