Team wins 85 accolades at the renowned culinary competitionHospitality by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has proven once again why it is one of the region’s leading culinary provider after clenching 85 accolades across 27 categories at the annual Emirates Salon Culinaire, the distinguished culinary competition hosted at Gulfood 2016, the world’s largest annual food and hospitality show.
A core team of 49 chefs from the DWTC participated in the five-day event showcasing their culinary skills across multiple categories including Five-course plated menu, Arabic Mezzeh - Practical Cookery, An Arabian Feast, Ice carving, and Pastry Showpiece. In total, the chefs won 8 gold medals, 19 silver, 24 bronze and 34 merit awards, in addition to winning the title of ‘Best effort by an individual establishment’ for the 6th year.
Commenting on the winning streak, Chef Raimund Haemmerle, DWTC’s Executive Chef and team mentor said: “On behalf of everyone at DWTC, we are extremely proud of our talented chefs and the stellar results achieved. We have participated in this competition for over a decade, and as an organisation that is renowned for its hospitality, we are thrilled that our team’s hard work and dedication to the culinary arts has been recognised.”
The Emirates Salon Culinaire is a celebrated culinary competition, which tests the gastronomic, presentation and timing skills of professional chefs from the region. The prestigious competition is judged by a panel of 50 individuals who are certified from the World Association of Chefs Societies, the global network of chefs associations.
Chef Raimund added: “We invest a significant amount of time and effort in team training and development to ensure we serve premium quality dishes year-round to our guests. For instance, in the lead up to the Etihad F1 Grand Prix, we invested over 2800 training hours to plan for the 27,000 meals that were served at the event. Congratulations to the entire team and we look forward to more success in the future.”
Hospitality by DWTC has witnessed year-on-year growth in business as it continues to deliver diverse end-to-end catering solutions. In 2015, it catered for over 2 million visitors at both, the venue and off-site locations. Some of the team’s biggest contracts to date in off-site catering include the Etihad F1 Grand Prix, the Dubai World Cup at Meydan and the Dubai Airshow.
With over 148 chefs from 19 different nationalities and 5 continents, DWTC’s ultramodern kitchen, spanning over 3,650m² of working area, allows for full in-house production and has been awarded the highest Dubai Municipality rating every year since opening in 2003. With 35 years of market experience and recently installed state-of-the-art equipment across the catering operation, the kitchen has a capacity output of 20,000 daily covers.