The pick of the internationally renowned chefs coming to town
Time Out Dubai staff
Gary Rhodes Other than taking off his shirt in public places, there’s nothing that Gary Rhodes likes more than a Dubai jolly (does this explain why he’s only doing two cooking demos?). Still, Rhodes is about quality and not quantity, so his antics in the Philips Chef’s Theatre are not to be missed. He might also shed light on his exciting new project Rhodes 44, which is opening in Abu Dhabi under the stewardship of former Mezzanine Chef Paul Lupton. Philips Chef’s Theatre: Fri 8pm-8.30pm, Sat 2.10pm-2.40pm.
Aldo Zilli The jolly Italian-born chef made a name for himself after opening Italian seafood restaurant Zilli Fish in London’s Soho 15 years ago. Since then he has gone on to expand the brand (www.zillirestaurants.co.uk), opening restaurants across Britain, as well as writing a handful of cookery books and appearing on countless TV programmes. Philips Chef’s Theatre: Thu 7.40pm-8.10pm, Fri 3pm-3.30pm and 6.20pm-6.50pm, Sat 4.40pm-5.10pm and 8pm-8.30pm; Miele Cookery School: Thu 4.40pm-5.20pm and 9.40pm-10.20pm, Fri 4pm-4.40pm and 8pm-8.40pm, Sat 3pm-3.40pm and 6pm-6.40pm.
Richard Sandoval Richard Sandoval is perhaps one of the most understated celebrity chefs to grace Taste of Dubai. While the Mexican is better known in the USA, his reputation is surprisingly low-key in Europe. However, he’s known in Dubai for award-winning Maya and the fantastic Toro Toro. Watch him serve up truly wondrous (not to mention very fashionable) Latin American cuisine. Philips Chef’s Theatre: Fri 8.40pm-10.10pm, Miele Cookery School: Sat 8pm-8.40pm.
Aarti Sequeira Not only is Aarti Sequeira one of the few female faces at Taste of Dubai, but she happens to be one of the new faces of contemporary Indian cuisine, shooting to fame after winning US Food Network’s reality television show, The Next Food Network Star. She now hosts online cooking show Aarti Paarti. Expect Aarti to entertain and educate as she talks the audience through an array of innovative Indian dishes. Philips Chef’s Theatre: Thu 5.10pm-5.40pm, Fri 6 3.50pm-4.20pm; Miele Cookery School: Thu 15 8.40pm-9.20pm.
Giorgio Locatelli Expect charisma in ladlefuls when Locatelli takes to the stage at Taste. His Locanda Locatelli restaurant (www.locandalocatelli.com) in London has won critical acclaim, Michelin stars and an enthusiastic celebrity following – Kate Winslet goes as far to endorse his latest cookbook, Made in Sicily) – meaning you can expect some truly divine Italian creations made with a flourish of showmanship. Philips Chef’s Theatre: Thu 4.20pm-4.50pm, Fri 4.40pm-5.10pm; Miele Cookery School: Thu 7.40pm-8.20pm, Fri 2pm-2.40pm.
Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa The man behind the number-one restaurant on any self-respecting celebrity’s dinner list is dropping into Taste of Dubai to sign his new cook book and keep an eye on proceedings at the Nobu stand. For those who haven’t had the chance (or the budget) to visit Nobu in Atlantis, here’s your chance to taste food made by the man himself. Chef Nobu will sign copies of his book on March 17 (times TBC).
Vineet Bhatia Having received his training at Mumbai’s prestigious Oberoi Hotel, Vineet Bhatia emigrated to England to win a Michelin star and international acclaim. He was one of the first high-profile chefs to grace Dubai with his excellent Grosvenor House restaurant Indego by Vineet and is an old hand as far as Taste of Dubai is concerned. Philips Chef’s Theatre: Sat 6.20pm-6.50pm; Miele Cookery School: Thu 6.40pm-7.20pm, Fri 9pm-9.40pm.