Sharjah: To highlight amazing culinary experiences and to bolster the quality of hospitality services in the emirate, the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has enabled the emirate’s hotels and resorts to compete and harness the expertise of their respective chefs in nurturing the overall experience of all visitors and residents, while providing a variety of Arab and international cuisine options.
In this regard, the SCTDA organised the ‘Etbakh’ competition on ًWednesday, January 25th, at the Flag Island, bringing together chefs from Sharjah’s hotels and resorts to showcase international dishes with an Emirati twist.
Throughout the competition, participating chefs showcased their spciality dishes, expertly blending various cultures and infusing the unique elements of international cuisine with the rich and aromatic flavours of their Emirati counterpart ingredients, creating savoury dishes that represent Sharjah’s cultural diversity.
The participating chefs were from four and five-star hotels in the emirate, including The Chedi Al Bait, Coral Beach Resort Sharjah, Al Majaz Première Deluxe Hotel Apartments, Al Hamra Hotel, Sharjah Palace Hotel, Holiday International, DoubleTree by Hilton, Golden Tulip, and Sharjah Corniche.
The dishes were evaluated by a jury comprising Emirati chefs Talal Kokash, Senior Executive, Sharjah Hospitality Group, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, and Saud Al Matrooshi, Executive Chef at Emirates Flight Catering, Emirates Airlines. They were joined by Amani Al Hammadi, Senior Executive, Tourism Standards Department, SCTDA.
Through the competition, SCTDA aims to reinforce hospitality services and instil a culture of innovation and creativity, as well as inspire creative talented chefs from all nationalities and cultures.