Cooking Challenge in Dubai

Returned last night from a good business trip to Georgia – had a great time exploring a new country as well!

Thought I might as well relax a bit because just after this is my next trip.  I am flying out to Dubai tonight with Alyona and a few of my team mates.  While in Dubai, I will be addressing the Press Conference of Sadia UAE Ramadan Cooking Challenge 2012 that will be aired, prime time, during Ramadan and Eid exclusively on Etisalat’s emasala, emasala+2 channels and my channel FoodFood.
Here’s the gist about the show – the Sadia UAE Ramadan Cooking Challenge 2012, co-presented and judged by Saba Wahid, a prominent TV personality and culinary expert, will be shot at Meydan Hotel, the exclusive venue for the world’s richest horse race – The Dubai World Cup. The show will comprise 30 episodes where the contestants will be challenged to bring out the hidden flavours of the Middle East, South Asia and other regions. The Grand Finale is scheduled to be aired on the day of Eid and the final contestants will be judged by me, along with Master Chefs from The Meydan Hotel and Gaurav Tandon, one of the most celebrated Asian food critics in the Middle East. The grand finale will be wrapped up with an evening filled with food festivities.
I have a soft spot for Dubai, for sure. Fifteen years ago, my first restaurant came into this world, that is, in Dubai. Now my TV channel FoodFood, which is just over a year old, is doing its first big international collaboration in the form of Sadia UAE Ramadan Cooking Challenge 2012! UAE and its residents have a special place in my heart and this association is just the beginning of a long journey. I am greatly looking forward to this event with excitement and enthusiasm!
There’s more! In office the photoshoot for the upcoming book on Chocolates has begun. Photographer Bharat Bhirangi alongwith his team are working on creating some beautiful shots with the chocolate recipes. Just got a nice shot of ‘Death by Chocolate.’ Looks absolutely sinful, so sharing with you all as well!
As the mood is too Middle Eastern, let me share some recipes from that part of the world…

Lebanese Kibbeh
Falafel 
Tabbouleh

Till I write again
Sanjeev Kapoor.

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