Voting opens for Abu Dhabi culinary awards
Abu Dhabi, October 5, 2011
Voting for Abu Dhabi Gourmet Stars Awards, dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the local culinary scene, opened today (October 5) for the 2012 culinary arts event set that will run across the emirate’s leading F&B establishments.
Gourmet Abu Dhabi will be held from February 8 to 23, 2012.
The first round of voting, open online to the public will see more than 40 eligible restaurants and 100 professional nominees representing all the host venues of Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2012 – being trimmed to a shortlist of three finalists per award at its closing on December 5.
From there, a second round of voting will open from December 12 to January 25, 2012, with the finalists again running the gauntlet of public opinion; this time alongside a ‘Mystery Diner’ scoring phase to be undertaken by an esteemed panel of industry judges.
With voting closing on January 25, the winners in 10 categories, covering both establishments and individual accolades, who have been operating in Abu Dhabi for at least six months prior to nomination, will be unveiled during a glittering awards ceremony that closes the fourth edition of the annual festival.
“The record number of nominees evidences Abu Dhabi’s increasingly diverse and vibrant F&B scene,” said Dayne Lim, product development director, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), the festival’s presenting organiser.
“Since its inception three years ago, Gourmet Abu Dhabi, which features an impressive collection of critically-acclaimed culinary masters, has fostered industry-wide improvements in standards and quality, with Abu Dhabi’s visitors and residents now spoilt for high-end dining choices. We look forward to a record level of public participation in our most hotly contested awards to date,” Lim added. – TradeArabia News Service