ABU DHABI HONOURS ITS HOSPITALITY STARS!
CLADYS MAGAGNA NAMED ‘EXECUTIVE CHEF OF THE YEAR’
Abu Dhabi, UAE. February 20 2014: Abu Dhabi’s hospitality industry turned out in force at a glittering ‘Oscar-style’ gala dinner in the newly-opened, five star The St. Regis Abu Dhabi last night to honour their own gourmet stars.
In an evening which brought the curtain down on the sixth annual Gourmet Abu Dhabi culinary festival, the Gourmet Abu Dhabi Stars Awards were conferred on 12 recipients with Cladys Magagna of the five-star Fairmont Bab Al Bahr being named ‘Executive Chef Of The Year.’
The ‘Oscars’ were decided by online public voting and final assessment by an expert judging panel with almost 5,000 nominations being received – a 71% increase on last year – with the honours seeing a 21% jump in the final public voting round.
In the majestic surroundings of the Al Mudhaif Ballroom, over 350 people enjoyed top-line entertainment and a pre-cocktail canapés and a five-course meal created by UAE celebrity chef Khulood Atiq and chefs from The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, InterContinental Abu Dhabi, British celebrity masterchef Theo Randall and Rhodes 44 at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi. A back-of –house army of 120 assistants and waiters brought the evening together.
Winners of the 2014 awards were:
The BBC Goodfood Middle East Best Sustainability Practice: Yas Island Rotana
Abu Dhabi Media Award For The Best Use of Local Produce: Chef Sunil Dutt, Ushna, Souk Qary’at Al Beri
The Motivate Regional Cuisine Restaurant Manager Of The Year: GV Maneeshdev, Rangoli, Yas Island Rotana
The A. Ronai Restaurant Manager Of The Year: Alena Chaika, 18 Degrees, Hyatt Capital Gate
The Acqua Panna & San Pellegrino Restaurant Chef Of the Year: Cyril Calmet, Bord Eau, Shangri-la Qary’at Al Beri
The Valrhona Pastry Chef Of The Year: Jocelyne Fallait, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
The Sub-Zero & Wolf Food & Beverage Manager Of The Year: Romain Mejecaze, The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal
Restaurant Host Of The Year: Soukainia Sagouti, Mezlai, Emirates Palace
Regional Cuisine Chef Of The Year: Wafaei A. Zaham, Atayeb, Yas Viceroy
Regional Cuisine Restaurant Of The Year: Mezlai, Emirates Palace
Restaurant Of The Year: Brasserie Angelique, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Executive Chef Of The Year: Cladys Magagna, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
“The awards were introduced to help raise standards across our expanding f&b landscape and to acknowledge the contribution of outstanding individuals and outlets in furthering our gourmet destination ambitions,” said Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Director Tourism Sector, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), which presents Gourmet Abu Dhabi.
“The emirate’s f&b sector is proving to be an industry stalwart with f&b in our 150 hotels and hotel apartments last year generating revenue in excess of 2.1 billion Dirhams – that’s 574 million dollars – which was an increase of 17% on 2012.
“We want now to keep the momentum going and will work closely with the industry on initiatives to build their client base and offerings.”
Gourmet Abu Dhabi – which has been voted one of the world’s top 6 culinary festivals - ran for 16 days across more than 20 of Abu Dhabi’s finest restaurants and venues with a star-studded cast of Michelin-star chefs. This year’s event was the fastest-selling in festival’s history.
Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2015 will take place from 3rd Feb to 18th Feb next year.
ABOUT ABU DHABI TOURISM & CULTURE AUTHORITY
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The authority supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key authority role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.