Founded in 2011 by Gordon Ramsay’s protégés Nick Alvis & Scott Price and later under the reign of Darren Velvick, Table 9 at @dubaicreekhilton has a prestigious lineup of world-renounced chefs under its belt, and my expectations were therefore in the nines.

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Located on the first floor of Hilton Dubai Creek, the restaurant ambiance is all about minimalist black and white; think upholstered black leather and starched white tablecloths. The spacing is long and narrow, and with an age-old interior design trick of adding mirroring across the walls, the restaurant appears a little larger than it is.

I met the absolutely adorable, bubbly Chef Larissa Mazzoli a few months ago when I had my first taste of Chamas Churrascaria and Bar. Merely 24 of age, Larissa is a true connoisseur of her native Brazilian cuisine, and I was overly impressed with how passionately she talks about the churrascaria (a South American style of grilling meat over fire). You can read all about my kitchen tour with Chef Larissa by clicking here, and in today’s post Chef Larissa tells us more about her passion for grilling, and how she plans to take her career to the next step.

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When I received a dinner invite to try out BiCE Mare’s special truffle menu, I was over the moon! Who can resist truffles?!Picture23.jpg

Top that with renowned Italian Chef Leonardo Maltese acting as host and a beautifully chic venue boasting of Burj fountain views, my dinner date with BiCE Mare this week was nothing short of gastronomic brilliance.

After the pre-launch press lunch at Vida Downtown I was fortunate enough to be invited to last week (read all about it here), I was super excited about attending the BBC Food Food Show’s very first stint in the World Trade Center this weekend.

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It was a 3-day affair running from 17th to 19th December, and this was a hall full of delights for serious UAE foodies (shopping, tasting and inspirations from world renowned chefs!).

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I was invited to an exclusive dinner at the Pure Sky Lounge (Hilton, The Walk JBR) last Wednesday, and got to sample a delicious range of Eastern-Western fusions through their 8-course ‘Dining Experience’ set menu.

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The highlight of the evening was meeting Chef Sven Schmidt himself, and trying our hand at recreating his epic ‘Sharing Dessert’! Read on for details on all the fun we had 🙂

I met the absolutely delightful Melanie Smith, Global Pastry Chef at FFI (Food Fund International) at the Pink Truffle Making Class at The Meat Co (read all about it here). global pastry chef melanie food fund international ffi

Chef Melanie arguably has the sweetest job in the world! As the Global Pastry Chef for all the restaurant brands under the FFI umbrella, Melanie has a tightly packed schedule involving travelling countries and cooking up dessert masterpieces with her team.

Read on about Chef Melanie’s enviably sweet journey (and she has even shared a very special recipe for Mulled Wine with us for Christmas!).

The demand for high-quality, authentic Italian food in the UAE is on the rise, and with it comes a whole new listing of Italian eateries who pride themselves on using the finest of ingredients available.

One such restaurant is Per Te. I just can’t seem to rave enough about Chef Glady’s immaculate Italian creations, and last Saturday morning, he was sweet enough to take me to his goldmine for Italian cheeses; Italian Dairy Products.

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Owned and operated by the very enthusiastic Mr. Leo Condemi who is an Italian national himself, Italian Dairy Products is located in Hamriyah Free Zone (Phase 2), Sharjah and is the only supplier of freshly made buffalo cheese in the UAE.

Pier 7, the signature circular designed building adjacent to Marina Mall, Dubai has made its mark on the culinary map. It houses 7 different dining concepts, each offering stunning views of the Dubai Marina skyline and the Arabian Gulf.

I was under the impression that Pier 7 was all about special occasions, fine-dining, and dressing up, but last weekend’s dinner at Fume (on the 1st floor of Pier 7) changed my views significantly.

With its bright red doors and blaring music, Fume is Pier 7’s casual, quirky nest. Saturday night, and the place was packed! At Fume, the vibe is welcomingly casual, and you see diners in shorts and jandals, and even suited executives who want to let their hair down.

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The JAS Hospitality group, known for its ‘out of the norm’, edgy and innovative food concepts including Qbara Restaurant Lounge & Bar and Fümé (at Pier 7 and Manzil Downtown Dubai), has recently appointed Chef Emiliano Bernasconi as their Group Director of Culinary.Chef Emiliano Bernasconi interview

Italian born Chef Emiliano Bernasconi has an impressive track record in the world of fine dining, having worked with big names including Heston Blumenthal, Alain Ducasse, Armani Hotel as well as catering to the Arsenal and Chelsea football teams.

Warm, suave and ever so friendly, Chef Emiliano has a candid chat with The Tezzy Files on his food journey so far, and his aspirations with Jas Hospitality. 

You met the sauve Chef Richard of Max restaurant on The Tezzy Files earlier. Today, he has kindly agreed to share one of his favorite authentically Filipino recipes with us: Nilagang Baka sa Buko.

This is a slow-cooked beef short-ribs broth with buko (or young coconut) juice. A decadent comfort food that’s so easy to make, I hope you will give this recipe a try.

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