Al Jawaher reception and convention centre (JRCC), Sharjah, has announced today that having entered 13 chefs into the Emirates Culinary Guild Salon Culinaire competition at this year's Gulfood 2016, seven emerged victorious with two receiving gold medal awards. Held as a supporting event to Gulfood 2016, the region's largest F&B and hospitality exhibition, Emirates Culinary Guild Salon Culinaire (ECGSC) is a series of practical and display-based cooking competitions and banqueting showpieces open to professional chefs, cooks and bakers. The competitions are split into both individual and team-based events, with over 1,300 chefs from around the world taking part at this year's event. This was only JRCC's second participation at ECGSC and it appears it has developed a winning strategy with seven medals being won this year and having accumulated a total of three gold medal entries, with one gold won in the previous year's edition. Commenting on JRCC's success, Hanan Al Mahmoud, Director of JRCC, said "Under the direction of JRCC's Executive Chef Rami Al Jebraiel, we are extremely proud that our culinary team's expertise has once more been recognised with many awards. The achievement is appreciated more so due to our chefs being kept busy with our own events and exhibitions running concurrently at JRCC." "We feel that by participating in the Emirates Culinary Guild Salon Culinaire we further strengthen the JRCC brand and our reputation in this field, while also allowing our chefs to network with many other likeminded professionals from across the globe," Al Mahmoud added. JRCC's winning chefs and the categories they entered were Samer Hamdo Alaga, for Arabic Mezzeh Practical Cookery (Gold); Abdulla Meethale Iringal, for Emirati Cuisine Practical Cookery (Gold); Hani Hosni Abdel Aziz, for Fish and Seafood Practical Cookery (Bronze); Bishnu Parad, for Four Plates of Dessert (Bronze); Dinum Sankapla, for Beef Practical Cookery (Bronze); Ameer Chekkamite, for Dressed Lamb Practical Butchery (Bronze); and Aravinda Leelarathna, for Four Plates of Dessert (Bronze). In addition, JRCC's six other chefs obtained awards of merit for their entries. Gulfood 2016 is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre ex-hibition halls from 26 February - 2 March.

Thursday, March 17, 2016