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17 March 2018 02:39 pm

QIFF 2018 Celebrity chefs take stage to open the festival

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The weekend may be over but Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) continues through to Sunday, 25 March to offer visitors and residents tantalising experiences throughout the week from local and internationally-renowned chefs.

Kicking off the week on Sunday is Turkish celebrity chef, Murat Bozok who will prepare a special beef dish at 6pm and again at 9pm. On Monday, the QIFF Theatre’s dough and pasta day will see India’s famous TV chef Ranveer Barar will take to the stage 6pm. Tuesday and Wednesday, will see Kuwait’s celebrity chefs Fawaz Al Omaim and Asma Al Bahar sharing their dishes at 8pm and 9pm. And, to wrap up the week, Canada’s baking sweetheart, Chef Anna Olson will make her first appearance at the QIFF Theatre on Thursday at 10:00pm, and Lebanon’s Chef Ramzi making his on Friday at 11:00pm.  The festival opening times are from 4.00 pm – 12.00 midnight on weekdays (Saturday – Wednesday) and will extend to 1 am on weekends (Thursday & Friday).

Those looking to enjoy the festive atmosphere while working their way to a fitness can join QIFF’s free group fitness classes at 4:30pm, 6:30pm and again at 7pm every day until Saturday 24 March at the Organic Zone.

Sara Al Kuwari, QIFF Project Manager at QTA commented saying, “QIFF is a celebration of the country's cultural diversity; we are very pleased to have so many internationally renowned chefs join us in shedding the spotlight on different foods and culinary arts from all over the world.” She added, “Everyone’s invited to savour the flavours of East and West and enjoy the ongoing entertainment QIFF offers at Hotel Park.”
The festival opened on Thursday with Hollywood’s favourite chef, Wolfgang Puck and Qatar’s very own Aisha Al-Tamimi sharing the QIFF Cooking Theater stage for an exchange of culinary insights that span from East to West.

Wolfgang Puck also hosted a live cooking demonstration at QIFF’s Cooking Theatre where he prepared Seafood Risotto and Chinois Lamb, both of which are favorites on the menu of his restaurant, CUT at the Mondrian Doha.

Puck commented, “I love coming to Doha because so many people here appreciate great food. What’s amazing is that the country is changing and it now has its own dairy and agricultural produce so I’m excited to use ingredients which are grown or made here.” Japanese Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto also demonstrated his skills with the preparation of a 79.5kg (175 lb) sustainably-sourced tuna fish from Japan.
Morimoto commented, “It was a big surprise and honour to be here alongside my hero Wolfgang Puck to kick off the biggest food festival in the country!”

The 62 year-old also hosted a Cooking Class at his eponymous restaurant in the Mondrian Hotel in Doha on Saturday, giving residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy an exclusive live cooking and culinary experience.