MICHELIN Guide and DCT Abu Dhabi announce their first regional Food Festival

By Olga_Gafurova Wednesday, 08 November 2023 4:36 PM

MICHELIN Guide and DCT Abu Dhabi announce their first regional Food Festival

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Michelin is pleased to announce the MICHELIN Guide’s Food Festival in Abu Dhabi, in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), taking place from December 8th to 10th at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Park. Part of Abu Dhabi Culinary Season, this is MICHELIN Guide’s first such event in the region and will bring together chefs from 16 MICHELIN Guide-recognized restaurants under the theme of “Discover the Art of Flavour”, offering specially curated menus, exclusive dishes, a Chef’s Table event, a selection of culinary masterclasses, and a marketplace with MICHELIN products and local farm produce.

Flavours are what make a dish unique, marking the identity of a plate, and the mastery of their harmony is an impressive skill. This is why the MICHELIN Guide has chosen “Discover the Art of Flavour” as its inaugural Food Festival theme. The 16 chosen restaurants will showcase the wonders of tastes, and this ode to high-quality cooking and art will highlight a gastronomic experience like no other, where guests can travel around the world through diverse and exclusive flavours. Each chef’s specially curated menu will celebrate their regional cuisine to take gourmets on a unique culinary journey in the heart of Abu Dhabi.

Participating Chefs

The distinguished local and international chefs, as well as industry professionals, such as Lee Kok Hua (Hakkasan, Chinese cuisine, One MICHELIN Star, Abu Dhabi), Luigi Stinga (Talea by Antonio Guida, Italian cuisine, One MICHELIN Star, Abu Dhabi), Thinus van der Westhuizen (99 Sushi Bar, contemporary Japanese cuisine, One MICHELIN Star, Abu Dhabi), Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation, innovative cuisine, Two MICHELIN Stars, Hong Kong), Heidi Bjerkan (Credo, Scandinavian cuisine, One MICHELIN Star, MICHELIN Green Star, Trondheim), Jimmy Lim (JL Studio, Singaporean cuisine, Three MICHELIN Stars, Taichung), Pierre Chirac (La Scène, modern cuisine, Two MICHELIN Stars, Passion Dessert Award, Paris), Supaksorn 'Ice' Jongsiri (Sorn, Southern Thai cuisine, Two MICHELIN Stars, Bangkok) and others will be gathered in one place, allowing foodies from all over to indulge in a unique and delectable experience.

Exciting Host of Activities

Curious foodies will also have the opportunity to join six exclusive masterclasses, each one focused on a different type of flavour – sweet, savory, bitter, sour, umami and spicy – and led by a passionate and skillful chef.

Besides the restaurant showcases and the masterclasses, visitors will be able to join a starred Chef’s Table, a unique four or six-hands collaboration between local chefs and international chefs. Additionally, the festival will include a tailor-made bar and pastry offerings, and a premium hospitality lounge, all located in Louvre Abu Dhabi Park.

“We’re very pleased to bring forth such a unique and holistic experience to food enthusiasts, in the exceptional environment of Louvre Abu Dhabi Park,” commented Gwendal Poullennec, the International Director of the MICHELIN Guides. “Our visitors will have the possibility to meet chefs and witness their unwavering creativity, while enjoying exclusive dishes and discovering Abu Dhabi’s ’art de vivre’. This festival demonstrates how universal the MICHELIN Star is: gathering talents from different cultures, showcasing various cooking styles, but sharing all together this very special taste for passion and excellency. All these establishments make their own destination special and have amazed the Guide inspectors, who are food experts but most of all, epicurean explorers.”

The MICHELIN Guide Abu Dhabi Food Festival is accessible to every gourmet with an entry ticket valued at 100 AED (free access for children under the age of 12). For the Early Birds looking to plan ahead, tickets are available at a special price of 85 AED until November 15th, art enthusiasts can also enjoy an exclusive bundle ticket, combining an access to the Food Festival and Louvre Abu Dhabi for 130 AED.