Chef Diego Aira Piva is the Culinary Director of the Chef’s Theatre and is sharing his thoughts about the confectionery sector and what you can expect by visiting the Chefs Theatre at the Speciality Food Festival.
The general new trends are definitely products with less sugar. It might be strange for a sector that is essentially based on sugar but today the consumers are not attracted by shining colours or just by a nice appearance. The consumer is looking more and more on the ingredients.
The industry is following the general trend on a more healthy still of life. To sell sweets, the industry needs to work more on the content (ingredients) than the appearance.
I am a consultant for Italian restaurants and I opened Italian restaurants in many countries in different continents, sometime to set new trends is better to simplify the offer and reduce the sophistications. The cuisine is an art in all its forms but is ‘’an instant art’’ that should be enjoyed with no explanation. When a dish needs to be explained it never set any trend.
This is my 5th edition of The Speciality Food Festival and it is important for me to attend as I can see what new products readily available and services that can assist me in setting up new restaurants.
The chef theatre is the house of the chefs. Every year we try to create the best environment where the producer, manufactures and F&B operators can meet the chefs. The chefs are the ‘’end users’’ and one of the most important actors in the industry. At the chef theatre, we give them the opportunity to showcase their cuisine playing with the best ingredients. One of the most important characteristics of the Chef Theatre is that all the activities are planned to be very spectacular like a real show. That’s is extremely important to us.
New trends, new products, old and new techniques compared and explained. Story and future of specifics dishes and traditions. Ethnic cuisines and the importance of the quality ingredients.
Visitors have a chance to see Michelin and celebrity chefs creating next level seafood, organic, gluten-free and artisan cuisine in a bustling festival environment.
With tips and insights gathered from all over the world, Executive and Michelin Starred chefs will be demonstrating exactly what they are bringing to the table in 2018. And if you are wondering… Yes, it will be delicious!
During the 2007/8 crisis The World Bank blamed export restrictions for price increases of between 30% for rice and 45% for wheat. Is this a sign of things to come? We are already witnessing countries restricting major export commodities, significant logistics challenges and big increases in freight and shipping costs.
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When it comes to business and tourism, no hotel could be more convenient and central than the Novotel Dubai World Trade Centre. Part of the Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre, the hotel is only minutes from Dubai Mall, the Dubai International Finance Centre, Bur Dubai, Deira, and many other points of interest. Enjoy scheduled complimentary shuttles to major shopping malls. The World Trade Centre Metro station is on our doorstep, and the airport is just a 10 minute drive away.
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The ibis Dubai World Trade Centre Hotel is part of the Dubai World Trade Centre complex. Located off Sheikh Zayed Road and next to World Trade Centre Metro Station, the hotel enjoys direct links to both the airport and Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. ibis Dubai World Trade Centre hotel offers complimentary shuttles to Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Mall and other major malls, and is also well connected for sightseeing trips to historic Bur Dubai.
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The Dubai Metro’s red line ‘World Trade Centre Station’ serves the exhibition centre.
The Metro enables you to avoid traffic congestion and arrive to DWTC in a timely fashion. The route connects the exhibition centre with Dubai International Aiport and all major stops throughout the city.
METRO OPERATIONS HOURS
The closest stop is the Novotel Hotel stop outside the Convention Gate entrance at Dubai World Trade Centre. You can use purchase the ticket (NOL card) at any metro station and select bus stops.
To view the route map and for more information, visit the RTA website or call 800 90 90.
To book a taxi from any pick up point of your choice call 04 208 0808 (24hrs, operated in Arabic and English).
At the Exhibition Venue, there are 2 taxi drop-offs: opposite Ibis Hotel and in front of Zabeel Hall entrance. Taxi pick-up point is located opposite Ibis Hotel.
All RTA taxis are metered at the same rate, with the exception of the ‘pink’ ladies-only cabs for which there is a small surcharge.
Rental cars are available from car rental companies for visitors with an international driving license. Driving in the UAE is on the right-hand side.
If you are coming with your own car, you have several options parking:
Parking fee is AED 15 for the 1st hour and AED 10 for every additional hour. 24/7 operation.
Through the Payment Machines located next to the exit of every parking area OR manually through the parking cash counters.
Vehicles are not permitted to park overnight. Any vehicle left overnight
will incur a charge of AED210 daily. The waiting period between payment and departure is 15 minutes only. Lost parking tokens are charged at AED 150.
TO accomodate the influx in exhibitor and visitors coming to the Dubai World Trade Centre, additional parking spaces are available opposite Novotel Hotel at Happiness Street Parking Overflow A and B.
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