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Acclaimed culinary champions from across the globe display talents with live demonstrations on show floor at Dubai World Trade Centre

 by . Gulfood 2020, the landmark 25th edition of the region’s longest-running annual food and beverage (F&B) trade show at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), opened on Sunday, 16 February, with renowned culinary champions displaying their tremendous talents, awarding-winning dishes and different approaches to food.

Tastes of the World, Gulfood’s popular interactive feature, is collecting an extraordinary line-up of the biggest food change-makers and Michelin-starred chefs for five days of cuisine innovation in-line with the 2020 event’s ‘Rethinking Food’ theme.

Taking centre stage on the opening day, acclaimed UAE chefs Nick Alvis and Scott Price of Dubai dining hotspot Folly, invited guests into the future with their pop-up Twenty-Five restaurant, conceived for the show’s silver jubilee. Lucky guests enjoyed a three-course lunch and culinary experience of “sophistication and innovation”. The menu featured Devon crab followed by the duo’s famed roasted saddle of lamb and rounded off with blood orange cheesecake.

“The theme for Twenty-Five is 25 years into the future. We think fine dining is going to make a comeback, so we incorporated classic elements of the concept alongside our signature dishes,” said Price, with Alvis adding: “We are honoured to be a part of the show, especially kicking off the restaurant at lunch time. Every year we see something different at Gulfood, it is continuously moving forward with more and more big names participating.”

Greg Malouf with his salmon tarator at Tastes of the World

On the Tastes of the World stage, Greg Malouf, one of Australia’s most influential chefs, and a recognised authority on Middle East cuisine, treated visitors to a unique spin on a family recipe of salmon tarator, a Tahini-based sauce. “It’s exciting to be a part of the live demonstrations and meet and interact with the audience,” said Malouf. “The arena is full of knowledge and the sessions are informative; it’s great to see chefs innovating with different cuisines from around the world.”

Tastes of the World continues today with appearances by celebrity chef and Top Chef Arabia judge Maroun Chedid, Heinz Beck, holder of three Michelin stars, Chef Tsuyoshi Ueda, from the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen restaurant, Tsuta, and more.

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