Always wanted to be a Time Out
food critic? Now’s your chance. The cream of Dubai’s young culinary talent will battle it out in the kitchens of The H Hotel on Wednesday December 5 in the final round of Time Out Dubai’s Young Chef of the Year competition – and you can help choose the winner.
Join us for a night of festive foodie fun and be a critic with Time Out
. You will be served a Christmas-themed four-course festive meal cooked in front of a live audience – all you have to do is eat, drink and judge. Buy your ticket now
– and be quick as spaces are limited.
Highlighting the talent nurtured by the city’s diverse dining scene, it’s a prestigious title that can catapult junior chefs into the limelight. Last year’s winner, Wesley Berghoff, was promoted from sous chef to head chef at seafood venue Ossiano, while this year the restaurant’s current sous chef, Luke Wonnacott, has also made it to the final five. The calibre of entries this year has been exceptionally high. ‘It was very hard for the jury to select the top five,’ says judge Uwe Micheel. ‘I believe we can look forward to a very exciting final.’Get tickets for Young Chef of the YearMeet the chefsAnup Rajaram Pawar, sous chef at The Address Downtown Dubai"I’m young and energetic, and I want to demonstrate my skills and passion for food.”Age:
Two years.Signature dish:
‘Fresh shrimps in raw mango and onion curry. The mango decides the taste and texture, so it’s different every time.’What inspired you to start cooking?
‘I grew up with cooking, and I’ve always fancied having a respectful suffix in front of my name, so I choose the most glamorous one – chef.’Favourite chef?
‘Vineet Bhatia; I met him once and as the first Michelin-starred chef of Indian cuisine, he has inspired me a lot.’Your dream restaurant?
‘It wouldn’t be in the city, and it wouldn’t have a menu; it would be a peaceful place surrounded by nature, where guests would experience a unique gastronomic journey.’View Anup Pawar’s Young Chef of the Year menu