The Taste of Autumn event is the yearly appointment organised by Chef Middle East, gathering regionally based foodservice industry professionals to meet suppliers from around the globe to explore the latest food trends and bring together a passionate community of food lovers. From exciting live demos with celebrity chefs and highly praised local talents to live cooking stations, industry talks, food tasting, and networking amongst key industry players, this event was one not to be missed.
The event is a regional platform that was held this year in both Qatar at the Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas on September 12th, and the UAE at the Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah on September 15th.
We caught up with Steve Pyle, Chef Middle East, CEO, and masterclass speakers Dhan Tamang, 6-time UK Latte Art Champion and Rude Health Ambassador, and Allison Poerner, Water Sommelier at Amanzi Water at this year’s event.
“This is a meeting of minds. We bring our customers to meet suppliers here and talk about kitchens, supplies, and solutions. This year we included more educational conversations through the masterclasses we have on our agenda in addition to the food show itself,” said Pyle.
Some of the masterclasses presented throughout both events were:
PASTRY CLASSICS BY NINA MÉTAYER
Awarded twice Pastry Chef of the Year before her 30th birthday, Nina Métayer is now a Pastry Chef consultant and entrepreneur developing projects in France as well as internationally. She released her first book ‘Délicate Pâtisserie’ in 2021 and hosted a few book signing sessions during the event.
During both her masterclasses, Nina introduced two of her essential boutique desserts from her Parisian Pastry Shop: “The Crispy and Creamy Chocolate Tart” and ” The Lemon Tart” alongside a peach-plated dessert embellished with raspberries. She revealed the techniques to master these creations and provided tips and advice, whilst demonstrating how to create perfectly balanced desserts, crafted with the premium range of pastry ingredients from Chef Middle East.
ALL ABOUT TEXTURES AND FLAVOURS BY GUILLERMO CORRAL
Guillermo Corral is the Culinary Technical Advisor at Sosa Ingredients and has been trained in numerous Michelin-Star restaurants. Thanks to his diversified expertise accumulated with 8 years of experience as a technical advisor, he has mastered not only the pastry universe but the culinary cuisine world as well. To that effect, he led an exceptional masterclass demonstrating a Chicken and Shrimp Terrine recipe, providing different savoury techniques to improve textures and flavours in a dish.
THE PERFECT PLANT-BASED COFFEE BY DHAN TAMANG
Dhan Tamang is a 6-time UK Latte Art Champion and Rude Health brand ambassador. Tamang served up plant-based latte art and shared his expert knowledge on the world of dairy-free coffee using Rude Health’s Barista milk alternatives range.
NASCITA SUGAR ALTERNATIVES BY AURÉLIEN RIVOIRE
Aurélien Rivoire is a Chef and the Co-founder of Alléno & Rivoire. Congratulated by the Lebey Guide, he won the ‘Dessert au Café’ award in 2019 and was named Pastry Chef of the Year 2021 by Gault & Millau, in recognition of his creativity and modern pastry vision.
At the end of 2021, Aurélien Rivoire and Yannick Alléno combined their skills. They opened a chocolate shop in Paris, offering unique and modern gourmet chocolates, designed to meet the ecological, social, and health expectations of our current society.
Through his masterclass session, Aurélien represented the French-born Nascita Sugar Alternatives, a true revolution in the food service sector. He was able to introduce these unique sugar alternatives, such as date sugar and allulose amongst a few, and cutting-edge techniques to develop a menu that is up to the newest and healthiest trends and ever-changing customer needs.
“DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DRINKING?” BY ALLISON POERNER
Allison Poerner is the GCC’s very first Water Sommelier from Amanzi Water. In her masterclass session, titled “Do you know what you are drinking?”, Allison explained what naturally sourced water is, along with its various sources, different carbonation levels, and other interesting facts about the world’s most popular beverage.
The event was also the perfect opportunity for Chef Middle East to showcase the latest additions to their portfolio of brands that has largely expanded over the past 3 years, and that was onboarded according to both the market demands and the international trends the distributor’s culinary experts closely follow to remain up to date and to keep inspiring culinary craftsmanship among their customer base across the region.