There will be a Celebrity Chef demonstration happening every 30 minutes during the Festival. Live interactive demos will be conducted on two stages: The Cooking School Stage and the Chef’s Demo Stage. Our Celebrity Chef line up includes Food Network and BBC celebrities, as well as local Kuwaiti television celebrities. All the Chefs will be performing throughout the three day Festival, and you can be present at all of the demonstrations. You can even win a chance to cook alongside your favorite Chef at one of our Cooking School demonstrations. Don’t miss the excitement at this year’s Taste of Q8….All About Food. And learn from the experts.
Chef Adlah Alsharhan’s is affectionately known as Chef Adoola. She describes herself on her Instagram as …A Kuwaiti Chef, love and let love, live and let live kuwait, cooking, perfect… Avocados and sports are my passion. Her Adoola Drop Off, is her latest project, a catering company described as fine dining meets the comfort of your own home. She is an accomplished chef and has her own culinary school here in Kuwait http://www.umamiq8.com/
With a career spanning 25 years and 42 cookbooks to her name, Annabel Karmel reigns as the UK's No.1 children’s cookery author, best-selling international author, and a world-leading expert on devising delicious, nutritious meals for babies, children and families.
In 2006, Annabel received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her outstanding work in the field of child nutrition, and she has since become a leading media commentator and celebrity speaker, regularly featuring on TV and radio, with national recipe spreads in the likes of The Times and Hello! Magazine.
With a vast digital following, recipe apps, supermarket food ranges and menus in some of the world’s top leisure resorts and hotels, Annabel is recognised as one of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs and an inspirational role model for other kitchen table start-ups, women in business and parents returning to work.
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Dean Brettschneider is a global-based professional baker and patissier with an international following.
Award-winning author of twelve cookbooks & presenter of multiple TV shows, Global Baker – Dean Brettschneider co-owns and is the founder the successful artisan bakeries Baker & Cook in Singapore and has bakery interests in London, and in the coming year Manila, UAE and Budapest.
He has appeared on many other TV shows and radio programmes including The Sugar Club, Kiwi Baker in Shanghai, Kiwi Baker in Singapore, Kiwi Baker in France, Kiwi Baker in California, Taste New Zealand, Live This, 5:30 Live, Prime TV, and the Kim Hill programme on Radio NZ.
Dean Brettschneider has written or contributed to twelve best-selling and highly praised books. including the latest, BREAD
Jenny Morris® Established 1996 - AKA The Giggling Gourmet is South Africa's most-loved, highly trusted food personality & Flavologist™.
Jenny has cooked for many presidents and royals hosts her own shows on Food Network (OSN Channel 221) Creator of Yumcious Café a fine casual dining restaurant. Author, of 5 books ,a Contributor to Next 48 Hours, Lig, she was on the 2012 Oprah Winfrey Power List alongside amongst others Madonna, Lady Gaga and Hilary Clinton, she an accredited international judge and examiner, teacher and culinary tour guide, Events MC and Voiceover artiste. Jenny has had an on-going love affair with food since she was a child. It's a love affair in the true sense of the word, one that employs all the senses, Jenny also broadcasts a weekly show on Heart Radio Breakfast show one of the largest Radio Stations in South Africa. Jenny is the founder and creator of the Giggling Gourmet® CooksPlaygound™ now known as South Africa’s leading recreational and corporates TeamCooking™ (Team Building) cooking school.
Marco Fiorot is the Italian Executive Chef and Operating Partner for Vigonovo. At 26 years old Marco took his experience from the US and France and came to Kuwait. Celebrating its first anniversary this summer, this Italian eatery offers many simple flavorsome dishes inspired by his rustic hometown of Vigonovo. The pasta is always served al dente and the menu consists of recipes learned at the apron strings of his beloved Mother. Marco’s passion for eclectic parings places a distinctly modern twist to traditional Italian faire and you can always find him at the helm of the open kitchen, welcoming guests as if to his home. Marco delights in sharing his love of home-cooked food and you can learn directly from Marco as an individual or in fun groups, for all ages. For class bookings or private dining call 55520134. Vigonovo is in the Al Khaled Complex, Salmiya. Instagram @vigonovo_kw
The Mexican Embassy presents: Chef Margarita Sofia Rangel Calderon
Chef Sofia is passionate about Mexican cuisine,! She believes in traditions ….always innovating from traditional récipes. Now she is bringing her knowledge, techniques and innovations to Kuwait.
She began her culinary career wtih her own catering business, Over the years, Sofia has grown in Mexico as a recognized talent. She has worked with the great Mexican Chef Guillermo González Beristain,
as well as many different chefs at Escuela Ambrosía del Bosque and the Hotel Nikko in Mexico City.
In addition to her own business, she gives private cooking clases and she has her own business of pastry making.
Local Celebrity Chef from Kuwait, she is known for her Cooking Programs, Presenter and Format Editor, Recipes Creation, Cooking Videos Production, Cooking Content Editor, Ad Campaigns and Product Placement, Cooking Magazine Editor, and Cooking training.
Shelina Permalloo wowed TV judges of BBC’s MasterChef in 2012 and won the TV show with over 6.5 million viewers with her spicy and exotic street food dishes of Mauritius. Since winning she has featured on Channel 4 What’s Cooking, Sunday Brunch and ITV’s Lorraine and This Morning as well as Food Network and numerous radio stations. Shas worked with a number of big brands such as Cuisinart, Hotpoint, Billingtons Sugar to name a few and has since written 2 cook books, the first “Sunshine on A Plate” winning a world acclaimed cook book award for best African CookBook, and her second book “The Sunshine Diet” both published by Ebury Press, Penguin UK.
Sponsored by the Australian Embassy
Award winning and internationally renowned chef Tarek Ibrahim developed his passion and respect for food from a young age. Certified Executive Chef by the American Culinary Federation and Global Judge (WACS) and current star of Fatafeat TV shows ‘100 Macaroni’ and ‘Min Misr’ (From Egypt), Chef Tarek’s cooking is influenced and inspired by both eastern and western cultures.
Following his commercial success, Tarek became a highly respected teacher in culinary art at the Arts Institutes International Minnesota from 1999 to 2005.
Winning several gold and silver medals in highly respected culinary competitions including Taste of Elegance (Central Region), two times Chef Par Excellence Chef Tarek was named the Primer Chef of America not once but twice by the American Dairy Association.
Tarek is currently working as Corporate Chef for Meat and Livestock Australia, providing training sessions to executive chefs and food service professionals on meat handing and cooking methods. Tarek is also one of two trainers to the Egyptian Olympics Team.
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Tim Hollands is the owner and head chef of Tims Foods and Tim Hollands Catering. ? Born in Japan where he lived for 12 years until his parents relocated back to Australia. Tim considers the cultural and philosophical influences of his Japanese expatriate childhood as a significant factor in the development of his personal style in the Australian market. Establishing a dynamic catering firm – Tim Hollands Catering – in 1999 with a number of commercial kitchens around Melbourne, Tim possesses a wealth of knowledge in the preparation and presentation of a wide variety of food and food styles. Consulting to private organisations, public companies and government departments alike, Tim is renowned for delivering highly original menus and events. Recently Tim's focus has been in filling a “presentation gap” that exists between the producer and consumer. As part of a marketing mission, Tim sees his role and skills as ‘bringing Australian produce to the table informatively and fashionably. Tim has worked throughout South East Asia with Australian Dairy, The Victorian Government and Austrade. where he has been engaged to create interest in Australian produce. The cities include; Manila, Hanoi, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Singapore, KL, Jakarta, Tianjin and Shanghai. Today, Tim continues his journey, with Tims Foods and Tim Hollands Catering to provide specialist consultation to major food industry bodies looking to more effectively promote Australian food products in the markets.