Abu Dhabi Culinary has announced the launch of the Food Forward Series, which will run from July 1-10 as part of its annual programme of gastronomy initiatives.
An innovative series of contemporary and exclusive dining events, Food Forward will showcase the emirate’s diverse gastronomical landscape and growing culinary legacy through an exciting line-up of collaborations between renowned local and international chefs and popular dining establishments.
The first of several series taking place in 2021 will commence a year-long schedule of exciting Abu Dhabi Culinary events, with Singapore born, UAE affiliated Chef Reif Othman collaborating with Emirati Chef Faisal Alharmoodi. The chef-and-restaurant culinary tour de force will take over Tori No Su, Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, an award-winning venue on the Corniche for 10 showstopping days of signature curations and vibrant tastes.
“We are delighted to partner with DCT Abu Dhabi to host the city’s first Food Forward event at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. Working with top chefs such as Reif Othman and Faisal Alharmoodi furthers our goal of bringing exciting, innovative dishes to our guests,” says Emma Banks, vice president, F&B Strategy & Development, Hilton, EMEA. “With two fantastic hotels in Abu Dhabi and more openings on the horizon we look forward to continuing to work with DCT Abu Dhabi to make the UAE capital a gastronomic hub.”
Othman, renowned for his unconventional take on Far Eastern fare, is inspired by both Japan and his country of origin, while also fusing French and Italian culinary techniques. This exciting partnership with fellow gourmand Chef Faisal is set to elevate the city’s dining scene with an exclusive line up of menu offerings, including street food dishes, signature plates and delectable desserts.
Serving up an array of tasty delights, foodies are set to revel in specially curated dishes including wagyu tataki with truffle ponzu, seared Scottish salmon, braised onion & lemon ponzu, as well as a sumptuous oven baked baby chicken with spicy teriyaki and more. Ensuring to fulfil the sweet tooth craving, diners can feast on a decadent praline chocolate or pistachio cake.
“As a truly homegrown chef and long-time admirer of Chef Othman’s culinary expertise and unrivalled ability to conceptualise unique restaurant offerings, I am thrilled to be collaborating with him for the inaugural Food Forward. Together we will take diners on a culinary journey which traverses tastes and flavours of the Mediterranean and recipes and culinary traditions from the Far East,” says Chef Alharmoodi, who is renowned for fusion dishes such as camel lasagne and samosa burrata.
“I am extremely excited to join forces with Chef Faisal given his expertise and innovative approach to cooking,” adds Othman, whose Reif Japanese Kushiyaki and Kushi by Reif concepts, as well as prior associations with award-winning restaurants, have made him one of the most in-demand chefs in the UAE restaurant scene for several years. “His style is one I have admired for a long time, not only because of the taste of his unique creations but also the total commitment to paying tribute to local heritage with every flourish.”