The pressure was high and the pace exceptionally tough, but our team came home with 10 gold medals, 12 silver medals, 13 bronze medals and eight merit awards. As always they demonstrated the very best in gastronomic and artistic skills, and this is reflected in the fact that DWTC was awarded ‘Best Effort by an Individual Establishment’ for the eighth consecutive year.
One of our chefs, Shiyju Varghese, who took part in both the five-course gourmet dinner menu and the four-course vegetarian menu classes.
Special mention is reserved for our master baker, Taha Boudhib, who received gold with distinction honours in the cake decoration practical. This is the highest accolade a chef can be awarded and is only given to those chefs who achieve a perfect score of 100.
What makes these plaudits extra special is that our chefs are not only competing in the event, they are also working as per normal servicing the 97,000 attendees and 5,000 exhibitors at Gulfood.
So, as you can imagine, it was an incredibly busy week and sleep was hard to come by – which makes the achievements of our team even more impressive. Well done!