Six foodies turned writers at the Dubai literature festival
Anissa Helou The Beiruti cookery writer, chef and journalist has published books on Lebanese and Mediterranean cooking. She also runs a cookery school in London and food-focused tours of the Middle East and Mediterranean, as well as working on several culinary travel documentaries for TV on the region. March 7, 1.30pm; March 9, 1.30pm.
Bobby Chin The half Chinese, half Egyptian chef has lived around the globe: he dabbled in stand-up comedy and a career on Wall Street before becoming a chef and TV host specialising in Asian cooking. Bobby runs restaurants in Vietnam, and regularly appears on TV there. March 8, 8pm; March 9, 3pm.
Pierre Gagnaire The French masterchef behind Dubai restaurant Reflets by Pierre Gagnaire has been dubbed a godfather of molecular cooking. He has received Michelin stars for his restaurants elsewhere in the world and is known for his experimental flavours and textures. He’ll host a literary lunch at Reflets to discuss his latest book, 175 Home Recipes with a Twist. March 6, 12.30pm.
Antonio Carluccio The man who founded the eponymous Italian restaurant brand is a much-loved character on UK TV for his jovial cookery shows, featuring simple, classic Italian cooking. He published his autobiography, A Recipe for Life, last year. March 7, 7pm; March 8, 12.30pm.
Rachel Allen The Dublin-born cookery writer’s signature is simple, comforting home cooking, inspired by the traditions of the Irish kitchen. As well as writing several cookery books, she is a regular on British and Irish TV. March 9, 12.30pm.
Willie Harcourt-Cooze A real life Willy Wonka, Harcourt-Cooze’s artisanal chocolate is produced from his own cocoa farm in Venezuela and made at a Devonshire chocolate factory. His work has featured in a TV series and two cookery books. Willie will host a chocolate cooking demo at the festival. March 7, 4pm; March 8, 6.30pm.