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Nestlé Professional MENA: Making Delicious Possible with Chef Chikku Renji

by Dina Maaty | 26 Jan 2021

Executive Chef Chikku Renji, an Indian national, has 14 years of culinary experience, seven of which are in the UAE. Can you give us a glimpse of your career journey so far?I started my career with TAJ Group in India. Then, I worked with Kuwait Airways Flight Kitchen, Festa Bakes & Grills Resto, Abu Dhabi

Nestlé Professional MENA: Making Delicious Possible with Chef Lovedeep Singh

by Dina Maaty | 21 Jan 2021

Sous Chef Lovedeep Singh, an Indian national, has seven years of culinary experience, two of which are in the UAE. Can you give us a glimpse of your career journey so far?I started my career with Radisson Group in India and, two and a half years ago, I arrived here to join the O’Pao team;

Nestlé Professional MENA: Making Delicious Possible with Chef Rabee Essa

by Dina Maaty | 28 Dec 2020

Head Chef Rabee Essa, a Syrian national, has 16 years of culinary experience, 10 of which are in the UAE. Can you give us a glimpse of your career journey so far?Throughout my journey, food was an important part of my life; my passion began when I was 12 and preparing food for my siblings

Nestlé Professional MENA: Making Delicious Possible with Chef Praveen Kumar

by Dina Maaty | 27 Dec 2020

Sous Chef Praveen Kumar, an Indian national, has 12 years of culinary experience in the UAE. Can you give us a glimpse of your career journey so far?I started my career as a chef in 2006 in Kerala, India, working with a small hotel. In 2009, I got the opportunity to work at Madinat Jumeirah

iKitchen by Rational offers a new system solution for industry catering

by Dina Maaty | 21 Dec 2020

Skills shortages, cost pressure, digitisation – these are the challenges faced by caterers in industry catering, say experts at Rational. Then there are the increased expectations of customers with regard to quality, special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten or lactose-free as well as a varied menu. So, in addition to good ideas and clever

Five courses, four colours and the versatility of French butter during the festive season

by Dina Maaty | 17 Dec 2020

An exclusive dinner was held so that guests could experience the many colours of French butter sauces, showcasing its quality and versatility. French dairy aficionado, and award-winning artisan François Robin described the unlimited butter recipe possibilities for the festive season. CNIEL – The French Dairy Board and the European Union hosted a select group of

Chef Middle East announces new business partnership with St. Michel

by Dina Maaty | 13 Dec 2020

Chef Middle East has entered an exclusive distribution partnership with French brand St. Michel for import and foodservice distribution in the UAE and soon, in both Oman and Qatar. This announcement is the distributor’s second strategic partnership in recent months. The St. Michel range for professionals, which has been developed for restaurants, hotels, catering and

Chef Middle East launches mixology competition

by Dina Maaty | 10 Dec 2020

Chef Middle East, in collaboration with Les vergers Boiron and PATH Bar School, has announced its first mixology competition Fruitology® Shakedown, aiming to elevate the craft of bartending and highlight top professionals’ mixing skills with two signature drinks to be designed by each contestant. The distributor expressed its commitment towards raising the bar of the

Festive Delights: Chef Middle East hosts Christmas Desserts Festival at Gallery 27

by Dina Maaty | 09 Dec 2020

Chef Middle East held an “Art Meets Pastry” event with the participation of some of the leading pastry chefs in the UAE at Gallery 27, located in Dubai Marina. The event was an opportunity to gather and celebrate the end of the year, before the start of the busy festive season in December. Festive vibes

Rational: Playing it safe with ergonomics at work

by Dina Maaty | 25 Nov 2020

Bending, lifting, hauling, burning – are all unfortunately still part of everyday life in the kitchen for many. According to Rational, the new iVario replaces the tilting fryer, boiling pan, deep-fat fryer and all kinds of pots and pans. Unheated pan edges, ergonomic height adjustment and an automatic lifting and lowering function for boiling and









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