Under the  Abu Dhabi Culinary Season, World of Food makes its return with a new theme to celebrate funky street foods with Celebrity, Michelin Star and International Master Chefs today at Umm Al Emarat Park.

The next 5 days will give foodies the chance to try a specially developed menu of funky street foods, while interacting with a collection of chefs who love to share their passion.  Part of the Abu Dhabi Culinary Season and supported by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), the outdoor extravaganza offers plenty for adults and children from 5th to 9th December.

Powered by the Armed Forces Officers Club Kitchens, what will your favorite funky offering be? From chicken donuts, to sushi rice burgers, to risotto with basil ice-cream, to beef lollipops, to waffle schnitzel, to choc hot dogs, where to start!  Kids will have their chance to participate in the popular Little Chefs programme which will run throughout the festival by CIC.

The array of talented chefs will form the World of Food Culinary Club with continuous cooking demonstrations from the Master Chefs, Celebrity Chefs, Ghada el Tally and winner of MasterChef India Nikita Ghandi in addition Michelin Star Chefs Claude Taffarello from France, Julia Komp from Germany and Denis Puchert from Switzerland will complete the line up.  Full information can be found on the event website and social media.

Organiser Purple Kitchen Events have again teamed up with the Emirates Culinary Guild and Madinat Jumeirah Conference & Incentives to set the stage for another food Guinness World Record.  Supported by the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) and Umm Al Emarat Park, the scene will be set on the evening of Saturday 7th December for Abu Dhabi to serve the Largest Variety of Desserts the world has ever seen.  Imagine a dessert buffet that contains a targeted 2,400+ uniquely different desserts, combine the fact that there will need to be several servings of each and very quickly you will be surrounded by a buffet of more than 10 thousand servings.

Sounds simple, far from it…….  In keeping with the World of Food international theme, dozens of restaurants and caterers across the country have taken on designated nations and regions to help limit the crossover of common desserts.  Part of the rigid qualification criteria is that each dessert must contain at least 2 different ingredients.  “The logistics involved must be perfect” said Chef Uwe Micheel, President of the Emirates Culinary Guild and Director of Kitchens at Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek “we have a fixed window to collect all of the desserts into our refrigerated trucks, they are really coming from all across the UAE.  We then have a three hour window to present, audit and consume in order to break the world record while meeting food hygiene standards.” Added Chef Uwe.

Part of the process has involved the submission of ingredients and recipes to an independent team of auditors who are also qualified bakers with a good understanding of what constitutes a clear difference in dessert composition.  Several have been rejected but the stakeholders are pulling together to be sure that the maximum possible variety of desserts will be included in the Guinness World Record attempt.

Visitors to World of Food Abu Dhabi will have their chance to take part in the achievement too.  For just AED10 per person they will be able to select 2 desserts for themselves, not an easy task with so many to choose from.

Come and enjoy cooking, tasting and a fun day out at World of Food Abu Dhabi. Entry to the event is priced at AED5, children under 12 years old are free. Weekday timings are 5pm to 11pm and Friday/Saturday timings are 2pm to 11pm.

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