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Great Success of Emirates Salon Culinaire (ESC) 2018

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United Arab Emirates, 28th February 2018

Dubai, February 2018

The Emirates Culinary
Guild would like to announce the successful running of the Emirates Salon
Culinaire (ESC) 2018 from 18th February 2018 till 22nd
February 2018. The Salon this year was the celebration of the Emirates Culinary
Guild 25th anniversary and to help with the proceedings the ECG
invited back the original Judging panel of 1993, chefs, Pierre Fonteyne, Marc
Debailleul and Heinz Kohler along with past President Mike lee, Past chairman
Pol Allaert, and executive committee members, Heinz Zucchelli, Andreas
Kurfürst, Mike Wunsch, Tony Fernandes, Francois Porte, and judges that have
been with the guild for more than 20 years, including Otto Weibel, Norbert
Girnth,  Karl Heinz Haase, Marco Bruschweiler,
and the Presidium of World chefs led by President Thomas Gugler, Martin Kobald,
Cornelia Volino. Together with the president of the Guild Uwe Micheel and the
committee the 5 days was a memorable experience for all.

The competition was
held at the Dubai World Trade Centre during Gulfood. The competition saw over 1400
competitors from the United Arab Emirates, Maldives, Russia, South Korea, and
Bahrain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Pakistan, Luxembourg, Young chefs from Germany, India,
Young chefs team from Canada to compete in 29 classes across all disciplines of
the Culinary arts, from Ice Carving, Practical cookery, static displays,
Emirati cuisine , cake decorating and Show Piece category’s.

28 International
Judges from all over the World came to judge alongside 12 UAE based judges
during the Culinary spectacular this year. The ESC is the largest Culinary
competition in the Africa and Middle East region and is endorsed by the World
Association of chefs Societies.

“The standard was
extremely high once again this year “said President of the Judges Chef Otto
Weibel  who has been coming to the ESC
since 1993, President of the Guild Chef Uwe Micheel Director of Kitchens at
Radisson Bleu Deira Creek, said” we are proud to be able to put on such a great
competition that really shows the talents of our chefs here in the UAE and also
gives great opportunity for International competitors to come and compete alongside
our UAE chefs. The completion is growing in stature and to see of so many
international young chef teams come to the UAE is fantastic added Micheel

Guild Chairman Andy
Cuthbert, General Manager of Mina Salam Hotel, and Conference & Incentives
and Jumeirah Hospitality, added “ this year’s competition was a giant step for
the ECG and the salon with so many international chefs coming to compete said
Cuthbert, the inclusion of our old friends this year made the salon very
special to us and one that will be remembered for a long time added Cuthbert.

The winners of the
trophy’s this year came from many hotels and were:



Winner – Best Effort by an Individual Establishment                                                          
Emirates Salon Culinaire Dubai 2018

Dubai World Trade

Winner – Best Effort by a Corporation                                               
Emirates Salon Culinaire Dubai 2018


Winner – Best Arabian Cuisinier                                                              
Emirates Salon Culinaire Dubai 2018

Anantara The Palm
Dubai resort

Ali Bougi

Winner – Best Pastry Chef                                                                         Emirates
Salon Culinaire Dubai 2018

Sheraton Dubai Creek

Dinum Sankalpa

Winner – Best Kitchen Artist                                                                     
Emirates Salon Culinaire Dubai 2018

Jumeirah Burj Al Arab

Rohita Kumara

Winner – Best Cuisinier                                                                            
Emirates Salon Culinaire Dubai 2018

Atlantis the Palm

Madhawa Chathuranga
Galahitiya Arachchige

Runner – up  – Best Cuisinier                                                                            
Emirates Salon Culinaire Dubai 2018

Madinat Jumeirah

Htay Lin

2nd  Runner –
up  – Best Cuisinier                                                                  
          Emirates Salon
Culinaire Dubai 2018

Ajman saray

Sanjoy Sarma

Winner – The Middle East Young Chef of the Year                                                                         
Emirates Salon Culinaire Dubai 2018

Madinat Jumeirah

Santu Gosh

Runner – up  – Young Chef of the
Emirates Salon Culinaire Dubai 2018

Radisson Blu Deira

Ahmed Tarek Abdelhamid
Morad Elgamai

2nd  Runner – up 
– Young Chef of the Year                                                                          
Emirates Salon Culinaire Dubai 2018

Al Qasr Madinat

Kanishka Dilshan
Goigoda Gamage


A total of 86 Gold Medals, 161
Silver Medals and 280 bronze medals were awarded
during the 5 day event.

The Emirates Salon
Culinaire is the largest Culinary Competition in the Guilds calendar, with the
East Coast Salon in Summer and the La Cuisine Du Sial held in December during
La Sial middle East in Abu Dhabi also attracting international competitors.

About the Emirates Culinary Guild

The Emirates Culinary Guild (ECG)
( is the association of professional chefs of the UAE. It is a
non-profit-making organisation, organised by volunteers dedicated solely to the
advancement of culinary art in the UAE.

World Association of Chefs Societies (Worldchefs) ( is the
105-nation fellowship of the world's various professional chefs' organizations.

ECG received its charter into Worldchefs at a ceremony in Stavanger, Norway on
June 28, 1994, during the Worldchefs 26th World Congress. Worldchefs endorses
the ECG as the authorized professional culinary association for the UAE. The
ECG, thereby, has an international culinary focus and multi-national support
for the staging of its various competitions, seminars and events.

aims of the ECG, broadly, are:

  • To encourage and inspire young chefs
    through training and competition.
  • To enhance internationally the culinary
    prestige of the UAE.
  • To encourage UAE nationals to consider a
    career within the hospitality industry.



With Culinary Regards,

Uwe Micheel

Guild President

Director of Kitchens

Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira Creek


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