5 minutes with...Mazaher's chef

Time Out spends five minutes with the chef at Mazaher at Convention Centre Office Tower, Trade Centre Area

Name: Ibrahim Ayoub
Job title: Executive Chef
Age: 35

How long have you lived in Dubai?
15 years

Where do you like to hang out in Dubai when you’re not at work?
Trying the market with all variety of new restaurants and cuisines; I love food and speaking with my peers about their new venues and ventures.

What’s your top tip for visitors to Dubai?
Not to be afraid of new experiences, to try the authentic culture of Dubai and not just all day dining restaurants or 5 star hotels.

What one thing would you like to do in Dubai that you haven’t done before?
Sky Dive; I am not comfortable with heights and would like to do this to conquer my fears one day!

What career journey did you take before joining your restaurant?
I studied first the mastery of my trade in Lebanon with a degree in culinary arts. Then I moved into hotel management in Lebanon, learning all you could about the hospitality trade. My move to Dubai was a key step in my career and exposed me to a much wider variety of customers and their requirements. It was fantastic to expose a food I loved to people who have never tried it. Since then I have worked in a variety of kitchens in UAE, won the award for best Arabic Chef Salal Culinary and took a gold award in Dubai hospitality championship. All of this has led me to this exciting new opportunity.

Why should Time Out readers try your restaurant?
We are a truly authentic Lebanese cuisine, with freshly imported ingredients from Lebanon all week that provide a definitive flavor and characterisitic to our dishes. Our entertainment is also one not to miss.

What’s the best thing about dining at your restaurant in 2016?
This will be food that people have never had before and will not forget throughout the whole of the year.

What’s your dish recommendation at your restaurant?
The grilled seafood platter, it gives a wide variety of fish, shellfish and other tasty bites cooked with our secret spices and sauces that will melt in the mouth.

Aside from where you work, where else do you like to dine in Dubai and why?
Aprons and Hammer (near barasti) as I love the whole dining experience, fun and fresh, concepts that I bring into my own kitchen and restaurant.

What is the best dish you’ve ever tasted in your life and who made it?
I have to say my mother makes the best food! Baked Potato Kibbeh with fresh thyme salad, literally the best thing ever. I will bring the recipe for mazaher for everyone to try.

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