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06 - 08 April 2020   Dubai World Trade Centre

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Chefs’ Theatre

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Your gastronomic inspiration for the year ahead.

If leading edge cooking techniques, international flavours and modern preparation methods matter to you, the Chefs’ Theatre hosted at the Speciality Food Festival is a must-see.

What’s on the menu?
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!


Register for free here

Chefs Theater

6 masterclass will take place every day with themes including (but not restricted to) the following:

  • The Best Meat: all the secrets and techniques you need to select, cut and cook the perfect meat.
  • Organic Products: add value and increase margins with the use of premium organic products in your modern restaurant cuisine.
  • Ethnic Cuisines:  these simple yet contemporary dishes from around the world will reinvigorate your menu.
  • Meet the Chefs: discover what goes into the signature dishes of our VIP Guest Chefs from home and abroad.


To be the best, you must learn from the best!


Hear from

  • Moderator: Chef Walter Potenza – USA


  • Chef Giorgio Nava from Cape Town, South Africa winner of the Best Steak House in SA.
  • Chef Kenji Yamanaka, Japanese, 1 Micheln Starred working in Singapore Beni Restaurant (seafood specialist).
  • Chef Richard Seidel, German, Expert in Japanese Seafood Cuisine, Corporate executive chef Kampcatering Beirut Lebanon.
  • Chef Enrico Bartolini, 2 Michelin starred chef From Italy.
  • Lady Chef Pornpimol Wiedenbauer, from Thailand.
  • Chef Francesco Guarracino chef of the Year 2017 from Roberto’s Abu Dhabi.
  • Chef Reif Othman From Sumosan at Billionaire Mansion, Dubai.
  • Chef Alex Mobsby head chef Grosvenor House, Dubai - finalist of Young Chef Hotel Challenge 2017.

Highlight speakers

Chef Giorgio Nava

An expert in pasta and meat, this Italian chef lives and works in South Africa – also known as a meat lover's paradise. For diverse international insights into what makes a great meat dish, Chef Giorgio is your man.

Why you won’t want to miss out:

Having previously won the headline title at the World Pasta Championships in Parma, it’s fair to say Chef Giorgio isn’t afraid to think ‘outside the box’. Boasting several Best Steakhouse Awards and counting, this entrepreneurial powerhouse personally breeds his own cows to ensure only the best quality organic meat is served at his five thriving restaurants.


Chef Richard Siegle & Lady Chef Pornpimol Wiedenbauer

Chef Richard Siedel & Lady Chef Pornpimol Wiedenbauer

German and Thai chefs working in Beirut.

Why you won’t want to miss out:

Chef Richard specializes in Japanese cuisine, and Lady Chef Pornpimol specialises in seafood cuisine. Together they fuse their expertise to create simply incredible Asian seafood dishes. With successful careers hailing from within the GCC and MENA region, they will also be sharing their successes and challenges encountered in kitchens from varying ethnic backgrounds.

Chef Francesco Guarracino

Italian chef based in Dubai

Why you won’t want to miss out:

Francesco has been awarded Chef of the Year at the BBC Good Food Middle East Awards 2017. He also recently featured among the Top 50 Most Influential People in F&B as listed by Caterer Magazine.

Francesco Guarrancino

Enrico Bartolini

Chef Enrico Bartolini

2 Michelin star | Restaurant Devero, Milan

Why you won’t want to miss out:

Born in Pescia, Italy, Chef Enrico Bartolini is world renowned as Italy’s youngest two Michelin starred chef.  He also boasts three Gambero Rosso forks and three L’Espresso  - a true testament to his culinary intuition and creativity.

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