Gaggenau - the world’s leading kitchen appliance brand, is celebrating the UAE’s burgeoning culinary scene by honoring the very best of local produce including wine, coffee, tea, dates, caviar, truffle, chocolate and oysters. The inaugural Gaggenau Connoisseur Awards will take place in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers on Saturday 2nd November 2019.

Tomas Alonso, CEO BSH Home Appliances Middle East said “We are delighted to launch the inaugural Gaggenau Connoisseur Awards, that celebrates the very best of the UAE’s culinary world. Gaggenau is steeped in craftmanship, celebrating the private chef and all that can be achieved with a Gaggenau appliance. We are a luxury brand who create the forks in the road of history and the Gaggenau Connoisseur Awards is set to shape the culinary landscape of the region.”

The Gaggenau Connoisseur Awards will be organized into three parts:

A sommelier competition (morning)
A series of culinary masterclasses, with insights from industry experts who will share their passion and years of knowledge (2pm-7pm)
A cocktail reception with oyster and caviar tasting, followed by a 5-course dining experience created by Chef Richard Sandoval in VaKaVa Restaurant (7pm- late)

Twelve of the region’s leading sommeliers from the UAE’s top hotels and restaurants have been shortlisted and invited to participate in a writing and degustation competition, judged by the award-winning head sommelier and winemaker- Franck Massard.

The sommelier participants are from the following restaurants/ hotels:

Dubai: Burj Al Arab, Folly by Nick & Scott, La Cantine du Faubourg, Ninive, La Petite Maison, W Palm Jumeirah, Ossiano at Atlantis and Double Tree by Hilton 
Abu Dhabi: Zuma, La Petite Maison, 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant and Tamba Restaurant, World Trade Center

Eric Eybert, world renowned sommelier and the founder of Somm Spirit’d, partnered with Gaggenau to create the Sommelier Competition within the Gaggenau Connoisseur Awards, said “This is an extremely exciting opportunity for the region’s top sommeliers to showcase their talent and expertise, under the guidance of an amazing panel of judges. The competition will be elevated with the array of luxurious food partners, within the Gaggenau Connoisseur Awards.”

The focus of the Gaggenau Connoisseur Awards is culinary excellence that runs through the veins of the region’s food and beverage scene. Gastronomic finesse refers to much more than the final product, instead it heralds the journey, by celebrating the culture, heritage and talent behind the region’s most popular food.

There are four culinary masterclasses that will take place throughout the day, in association with Pierre Marcolini- chocolate artisan, Dubai’s ‘Truffle Man’- Massimo Vidoni, Jing Tea and Seven Fortunes Coffee :

Tea & dates - 2pm
Truffle & Caviar - 3pm
Oysters- 4pm
Coffee & chocolate - 5pm


There are a limited number of tickets available to the inaugural Gaggenau Connoisseur Awards, offering access to:

Three out of the four masterclasses
The evening cocktail reception with brut cava and oyster tasting
The gala dinner served at VaKaVa Seaview Restaurant with wine masterclass
Cost: AED 640 per person
Cost 5 persons full table:  AED 3,000
Cost 10 persons full table:  AED 5,000

Source: Z.Seven