President Message



Dear fellow chefs, ladies, and gentlemen

Welcome to Gulf Gourmet’s first issue for 2018.
On behalf of Emirates Culinary Guild (ECG) Executive Committee and WorldChefs’ Presidium, I wish you a healthy and successful year. I hope you had a great start so far. Here in the UAE, everyone is expecting a challenging year for the industry and related sectors. Yes, I do agree there will be challenges. At the same time, I also see 2018 as the year with LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES. You just need to go back to basics and look for the opportunity if they do not look for you. Your ECG has a super busy year ahead. We have planned many events.
On the 25th of this month, we have teamed up with Mindset and will attempt to break a Guinness record for the Biggest Pot of Tea. Please do contact me if you would like to join. In February, we have our International Salon Culinaire during Gulfood. In April, our culinary team is traveling to Singapore. May will take us to Fujairah for the East Coast Salon Culinaire. In July we will travel to Kuala Lumpur for the World Chefs Congress. It looks like we are going to be the biggest delegation ever. We are also in full preparation – planning for the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg in November. Last but not the least, in December we will be in Abu Dhabi for Sial, which will feature again our Young Chefs’ Team, “Alen Thong Trophy”. These are only the big ones, we have lots of small events as well. Our Young Chefs Team is putting a great calendar of activities together, with a Rational demo to start the 2018 activity. On 21st and 28th of January, we will have 2 Greek Olive Events in Radisson Blu Hotel DDC. Registration is limited. Our friend Bassam Bousaleh and the AMFI Team have as well started to plan different events brought to us by US Dairy Export Council, US Beef Export Council and US Poultry & Egg Export Council. As you can see a busy year ahead and full of opportunities. If you are yet to register for the WorldChefs Congress July 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, make sure that you register as soon as possible, we are looking forward to a great Congress. Andy Cuthbert and the organizing committee are working very hard to put an amazing show together. Do not miss it. If you have missed previous issues of Gulf Gourmet, please visit gulfgourmet. net for the back issues. I urge all members to go to the Guild website to see what is happening on the calendar at and also visit the WACS Young Chefs Facebook page on Encourage your young chefs to join that page so they can be in contact with over 4,000 chefs across the globe. Please do not miss the company profile of our corporate members. We really do appreciate your support. Do look at the Friends of the Guild pages to check all our supporters.

Thank you to Chef Diyan Manjula De Silva and Radisson Blu Hotel DDC Team for Hosting the December meeting.

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