President Message


Dear fellow Chefs, ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the March issue of our Gulf Gourmet, the post Gulfood issue.
We were part of the very special Gulfood, the first ever food and beverage only event. Our equipment partners will follow with a separate show later in the year. We are looking forward to that.
The International Salon Culinaire 2017 was again very successful. We had approximately 1,300 entries from the United Arab Emirates as well as South Korea, Turkey, Russia, Maldives, Kuwait and Pakistan.
For this success, I must thank all our partners. Thank You, thank you for your support once again. Many of you have already confirmed your partnership for the International Salon Culinaire that will be held from February 18-22, 2018. Thank you to:
  • Nestle Professional – IFFCO – DWTC
  • USPEEC – US Dairy
  • MLA – Convotherm
  • Barakat – Masterbaker – Ginox – Toni Kaisser
  • Jumeirah – Emirates Tower
  • Mitras – HUG – Unilever
  • Madinat Jumeirah – Grosvenor House
  • Horeca

Thank you to my Emirates Culinary Guild team, led by our Competition Director Andrew Cuthbert and Madam Josephine, once again great job, planning, execution, judging and marshalling. Again “Great Team Work”.

Also, thank you to our team of International Judges led by Chef Otto Weibel. Thank you for giving up your leave for us and supporting us in our development with your very value feedback.

A big Thank You to all the competitors; I saw a lot of hard work and some really great show pieces and amazing tasting dishes. Remember to win a medal is great but not the most impor tant; what is important is that you learn from it in your preparation and from the jury feedback. Ensure you have done your best and that you are happy with your work.

If you have not won this time, I am sure to get one better next time. All the best and look forward to seeing you at the East Coast Salon in Fujairah on May 22nd and 23rd.
If you missed previous issues of Gulf Gourmet, please visit for the back issues.
I urge all members to check out the Guild website to know what’s happening on the calendar at Do visit and encourage your young chefs to join and stay in contact with over 4,000 chefs across the globe.
Please do not miss the company profiles of our corporate members. We really do appreciate your support. Also, do look at the Friends of the Guild pages to know who our supporters are.
A final thank you to Chef Rami Abdou Al Jebraiel and the Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre team for hosting the February meeting.

Culinary Regards,

Uwe Micheel
President, Emirates Culinary Guild
Director of Kitchens
Radisson Blu Hotel Deira Creek