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26 December 2017 07:25 am

Qatar Museums offers unique IDAM apprenticeship to up-and-coming Qatari chef

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Qatar Museums (QM) has offered Qatari national Mohamed Al-Sulaiti a unique apprenticeship at the Museum of Islamic Art’s (MIA) award-winning restaurant, IDAM. Mohamed Al-Sulaiti started his apprenticeship a month ago, after completing a series of IDAM masterclasses over the past year.  

The masterclasses, which focused on haute cuisine, were run by IDAM’s Executive Chef Damien Leroux and his team. During the classes, the team discussed their passion for gastronomy, shared some of their latest recipes and provided visitors with a first-hand look into IDAM’s seasonal menu themes, all of which are infused with a twist on local cuisine.  

IDAM’s Executive Chef, Damien Leroux, said:

“Mohamed was a constant fixture in our masterclasses over the past year and you could clearly see his passion and dedication to the culinary arts. It’s that dedication that inspired us to offer him a six-month apprenticeship that would allow him to grow and develop his skills working alongside the team at IDAM.”  

He added:

“This initiative is another example of Qatar Museums’ effort to nurture young talent and provide them with a platform to flourish. We’re very excited to be training Mohamed and sharing our mutual appreciation for Qatari and French culinary traditions and tastes.”  

Commenting on the apprenticeship, Mohamed Al-Sulaiti said:

“It is amazing that I’m an apprentice at Alain Ducasse’s first restaurant in the Middle East and it is humbling being in the kitchen with his fellow culinary giants. I love the environment and the dynamics of the kitchen. It’s a real thrill, especially during service time. The excitement in the air pushes me to become better. The pace is thrilling and I’m learning something new every time I go in.”  

Nestled at the top floor of the iconic MIA, IDAM offers an innovative and flavoursome selection of contemporary French Mediterranean cuisine designed with an Arabic twist, with timeless classics of local and regional cuisine, and most ingredients sourced locally in Qatar.  

For details on upcoming master classes and for pricing and bookings, please contact +974 44224488 or email