The food promotion in GCC coincides with the Arab tourist season. The question is tempting – how do Arabs like their food? “They do eat out, and when they do they eat Italian or French and even Indian. It has to be ‘home-like,” says Chef Mohamad Chabchoul, who is one of the top modern-age Lebanese executive chefs, based in Dubai.
Chef Chabchoul has cooked for over 20 years for private clients including royalty, dukes and duchesses. Revered as a specialist in Mediterranean cuisine, he takes his influence from all over the region having lived in the Gulf Arab states throughout his lifetime.
“Food brings people together, especially during special events. It is the heart and soul of our culture.” – Chef Mohamad Chabchoul
During his interview, he also said that cooking is about individuals. Food is possibly the lone all-inclusive thing that truly has the ability to unite everybody.
“I don’t have the foggiest idea what vocalists feel like when they make a melody and individuals applaud along and love it, however when individuals approach me and say the food was extraordinary, that is what the issue here is. I cook since I like to satisfy individuals.”
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During his career, Chef Chabchoul has participated in several television shows specializing in food preparation and presentation. He was the winner of Chef Excellence Awards (2021) and Pro Chef Awards (2021). Moreover, he was also selected as the official winner for culinary competitions organised by Gulf Food in Dubai, during the same year.
“Cooking is one of the arts, the art that needs the artist to be honest and full of loyalty so that the presented art is complete (food safety – taste – presentation – olfactory) and then you will see the smile on the guest’s face and that it’s what we strive for, ” says the chef.
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