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This year TopTable will take experiential culinary to new heights with a star-studded line-up of award- winning chefs, influencers, food journalists, disruptors and global trend-setters. For the first time, TopTable will have an outdoor presence at GulfHost and visitors can experience twice the fun as an indoor feature will be the highlight of the Speciality Food Festival.

A ONE-OF-A-KIND OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE   

For the first time ever visitors can enjoy a unique al fresco experience at GulfHost, curated by top chefs and outdoor kitchen equipment manufacturers. This unique Top Table feature is where top chefs, barbeque masters and skilled pizzaiola will finally be free to express and share their art of controlling the fire.

CULINARY POWERHOUSES AT TOP TABLE

Learn from a sensational line-up of award-winning chefs and watch the region’s culinary masters at work through masterclasses and cooking challenges.

EMPOWERING THE YOUTH

Partnering together with some of the biggest names in hospitality and culinary associations, YouthX at Top Table will provide the platform to groom and empower the young chefs of today, who will lead the region’s F&B industry in the next 20 years.

 

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11:20
  1. DUBAI WORLD CUISINE: Michelin Star and Sustainable Eating
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    30 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
    Watch the first Michelin green star restaurant in Dubai showcase the philosophy behind their cuisine and present their signature dishes
11:45
  1. DUBAI WORLD CUISINE: Understanding the Uniqueness of Mediterranean Flavours
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
12:05
  1. Fireside Chat
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    10 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
12:15
  1. DUBAI WORLD CUISINE: Explore the Perfect Fusion in Food
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
    Learn from Chef Bojan Cirjanic on how to combine ingredients and techniques from different cuisines to create new recipes of success.
12:40
  1. DUBAI WORLD CUISINE: Pastry 3.0 - the new frontier of the modern pastry
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    25 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
    Two-time runner-up at the World Chocolate Masters, Carmen Rueda will present a new approach to pastry by designing a complete meal exclusively crafted around pastries.
13:05
  1. PANEL DISCUSSION - DUBAI WORLD CUISINE: Fusing Asian, European and Middle Eastern cuisine seamlessly
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
    Fusing Asian, European and Middle Eastern cuisine seamlessly
13:25
  1. DUBAI WORLD CUISINE: Orfali’s Bistronomy - How breaking the rules can set you apart
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    25 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
    Learn first-hand how Mohamad Orfali successfully reimagined classic dishes from across the Levantin region by combining them with Dubai’s multiculturalism, and ultimately finding new and unique flavours that resulted in a Michelin Bib-Gourmand award for Orfali Bros.
13:50
  1. Fireside Chat
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    10 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
14:00
  1. DUBAI WORLD CUISINE: The Perfect Match - Ultra Fine-Dining And Glamour
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    25 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
    Watch up close and personal innovative and exceptional techniques come to life by one of Dubai’s renowned names in fine-dining, Michelin-starred chef Gregoire Berger  
14:25
  1. PANEL DISCUSSION - DUBAI WORLD CUISINE: Putting Dubai World Cuisine on the global culinary map
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
    Putting Dubai World Cuisine on the global culinary map
14:45
  1. DUBAI WORLD CUISINE: Explore the Perfect Fusion in Food
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
    The unique mix of Middle Eastern cuisine infused with Mediterranean ingredients, curated by an Australian chef.
15:05
  1. Za'abeel Hall 4
    5 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
15:10
  1. MASTERCLASS 8 | CHEF SALAM DAKKAK* | BAIT MARYAM
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    25 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map

    Winner of a Michelin star award for service and welcoming, in addition to a Bib Gourmand, Bait Maryam’s chef Salam Dakkak will showcase the secrets to what makes this homegrown restaurant one of Dubai’s most loved culinary spots.

15:35
  1. Fireside Chat
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    10 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
15:45
  1. DUBAI WORLD CUISINE: Creating the Perfect Synergy between Sustainable Eating and Fine Dining
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
    Award-winning chef Matthijs Stinnissen teaches us a new approach to fine dining, with key ingredients being Sustainability, Zero Waste and Local Ingredients.
16:05
  1. PANEL DISCUSSION - DUBAI WORLD CUISINE : Maintaining a Fine Balance in Fine Dining
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
    How can fine dining restaurants of today successfully tread the line of maintaining balance in Supply Chain, Sustainability, Food Security and Fine Dining?
16:25
  1. DUBAI WORLD CUISINE: Marrying Italian Creativity With French Techniques
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
    Watch Burj Al Arab’s Michelin star chef Saverio Sbaragli do the impossible: combine his keen eye for detail and rigour of French cooking techniques with the creativity and simplicity of Italian cuisine, to create the perfect match essential to keep the world’s most iconic hotel in the culinary spotlight.
16:50
  1. Za'abeel Hall 4
    10 mins
    • Day 1 - Dubai Homegrown Chefs Putting The City On The World’s Culinary Map
17:00
  1. DUBAI WORLD CUISINE: Making a Mark in Dubai’s Culinary Future
    25 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
    Winner of the Michelin Young Chef award, Solemann Haddad is the best example of a true-blue Dubai chef. Born in Dubai from French and Syrian parents,
    he has naturally absorbed Dubai's multiculturalism and been one of the pioneer’s of the Dubai cuisine movement with the success of Moonrise, a Japanese concept blended with Dubai flavors.
11:00
  1. YOUTHX FINALS | YOUTHX HOTEL FINALISTS
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    75 mins
    • Day 2 - Elevating Fine Dining with the principles of Sustainable Eating and Zero Waste
    Watch teams 1 and 2 of the YouthX Young Chef Challenge battle it out on the kitchen floor to present a 3 course menu around the core themes of ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Zero Waste’ 
12:15
  1. YOUTHX JURY INTERVIEW (TEAMS 1 & 2)
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    5 mins
    • Day 2 - Elevating Fine Dining with the principles of Sustainable Eating and Zero Waste
    Watch the final teams be judged on their vision and industry acumen, menu engineering using themes, and presentation and taste, by a panel of leading food industry experts.
12:25
  1. PANEL DISCUSSION
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    15 mins
    • Day 2 - Elevating Fine Dining with the principles of Sustainable Eating and Zero Waste

    Interview of YouthX Jury Members

12:40
  1. Zero Waste’: The Next Step in Fine Dining and 5-Star Hotels
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 2 - Elevating Fine Dining with the principles of Sustainable Eating and Zero Waste
13:15
  1. TEAMS 3 AND 4
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    80 mins
    • Day 2 - Elevating Fine Dining with the principles of Sustainable Eating and Zero Waste
    Watch teams 3 and 4 of the YouthX Young Chef Challenge battle it out on the kitchen floor to present a 3 course menu around the core themes of ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Zero Waste’ 
14:35
  1. PANEL DISCUSSION
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    15 mins
    • Day 2 - Elevating Fine Dining with the principles of Sustainable Eating and Zero Waste
    Watch the final teams be judged on their vision and industry acumen, menu engineering using themes, and presentation and taste, by a panel of leading food industry experts.
14:50
  1. Reimagining the ‘Breakfast Buffet’ using Sustainable Practices
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 2 - Elevating Fine Dining with the principles of Sustainable Eating and Zero Waste
15:10
  1. PANEL DISCUSSION: The Fine Balance between Sustainability and Zero Waste in 5-Star Hotel Dining
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    15 mins
    • Day 2 - Elevating Fine Dining with the principles of Sustainable Eating and Zero Waste
15:25
  1. MASTERCLASS 13 | MORITZ NEUMANN | JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 2 - Elevating Fine Dining with the principles of Sustainable Eating and Zero Waste
15:50
  1. Providing extraordinary culinary experiences to VIP guests by implementing sustainability and zero waste
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 2 - Elevating Fine Dining with the principles of Sustainable Eating and Zero Waste
16:20
  1. YOUTHX AWARDING CEREMONY
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    40 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
11:30
  1. Preserving Arab Cuisine Roots at a Global Scale
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
    Watch one of Instagram’s most-loved and influential chefs whip up her signature dishes that have put Emirati cuisine on the world map.
11:50
  1. Fireside Chat
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    15 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
12:05
  1. Regional Culinary Excellence Creating Global Impact
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
    With a focus on time, place and season, Chef Tarek Alameddine helms one of Egypt’s most renowned fine dining venues, Sachi Heliopolis, and has been instrumental in shaping the fine dining scene in Egypt.

     
12:25
  1. PANEL DISCUSSION: The exponential growth and evolution of the culinary scene in the MENA region
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    15 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
    How can restaurant operators and chefs merge modern and sustainable fine dining cuisine with traditional Middle Eastern cuisine?
12:40
  1. Regional Culinary Excellence Creating Global Impact
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
    Chef Saeed presents his multethinc cuisine taking inspiration from Qatari traditions and infused with ingredients from all over the world.
13:00
  1. Fireside Chat
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    15 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
13:15
  1. Regional Culinary Excellence Creating Global Impact
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    25 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
    Learn the art of perfectly crossing cultures with Chef Athanasios Kargatzidis of Baron Beirut fame, a Greek chef mastering Lebanese fusion cuisine.
13:40
  1. Fireside Chat
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    10 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
13:50
  1. Regional Culinary Excellence Creating Global Impact
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene

    Pastry 3.0: Be part of the new frontier of the modern pastry as Master Pastry chef Karim Bourgi showcases how tradition becomes the future in pastry making.

14:10
  1. PANEL DISCUSSION
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    20 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
    Is KSA set to become the next top culinary destination in GCC and MENA region?
14:30
  1. Regional Culinary Excellence Creating Global Impact
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    25 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
    How to import international cuisines successfully in Saudi Arabia, just as chef Ian Pengelly has done with his contemporary Japanese eatery in Riyadh.
14:55
  1. Fireside Chat
    Za'abeel Hall 4
    10 mins
    • Day 3 - The Region’s Top Chefs and Restaurants Creating True Impact on the MENA Culinary Scene
    Entering the land of plenty successfully: How can restaurant operators and chefs looking to move to Saudi Arabia, navigate the raising standards in the country.

 

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