Masterchef contender cooks up Emirati feast
Abu Dhabi, October 7, 2013
Traditional Emirati cuisine topped the bill at Britain’s first Halal Food Festival recently, when Australian Masterchef favourite Amina El Shafei appeared in the show’s live demonstration kitchen.
El Shafei, whose unique cooking style is influenced by her Middle Eastern and Asian heritage, prepared 'lgeimat,' a traditional Emirati sweet flavoured with saffron, in front of the festival’s following of ‘haloodies’ or halal foodies, said a statement.
The Saudi Arabia-born chef met the first Emirati female celebrity chef Khalood Atiq and the pair swapped tips and shared recipes at the Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara. Chef Atiq also treated El Shafie to a local speciality – ‘chicken machbous,’ it said.
“Middle Eastern cuisine is so diverse, as it spans so many flavours and styles. The memory of seeing Emirati food up close is something I will definitely take away with me. The use of spices is particularly interesting. I tend to go very heavy on spices, so to see how Chef Khulood blends their flavours into her food was fascinating,” said El Shafei, ahead of her Halal Food Festival appearance.
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) was the show’s official tourism partner, encouraging festival-goers to find out more about halal-friendly holidays in the emirate.
“Abu Dhabi has a hugely diverse culinary scene, from Middle Eastern and Asian to modern European, but few visitors are aware of the more traditional dishes from our emirate. It’s great to see international chefs embracing Emirati cooking and spreading the word about Abu Dhabi’s culinary heritage,” said Nabeel Al Zarouni, UK country manager, TCA Abu Dhabi. - TradeArabia News Service