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Posted On: 21 March 2016 02:37 pm
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Qatar Airways Welcomes Star Chefs to Doha for Qatar International Food Festival

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A brigade of the world’s most celebrated chefs have begun to arrive in Doha courtesy of Qatar Airways, to deliver exquisite culinary creations at the Qatar Airways Cooking Theatre, part of the upcoming Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), of which the award-winning airline is official co-host. The Qatar Airways Cooking Theatre will take place at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park along with expanded activities and new attractions scheduled at the satellite venues in The Pearl Qatar and Katara Cultural Village, from 22-28 March 2016.

Headlining the gastronomic experience are internationally acclaimed celebrities such as global lifestyle personality Martha Stewart; restauranteur and MasterChef Australia judge George Calombaris; Qatar Airways’ ambassador and multiple award-winning Chef Vineet Bhatia, and Chef Massimo Capra, partner of Qatar Duty Free’s Soprafino Restaurant at Hamad International Airport.

Martha Stewart will open the Qatar Airways Cooking Theatre at 5pm on Tuesday 22 March, cooking four nutritious recipes live on the festival’s main stage at MIA Park. America’s most famous homemaker will cook a healthy menu featuring fresh salads and side dishes and her take on an energising booster juice.

Several Michelin star-rated talents will also be creating in the stage kitchen’s at MIA Park, Katara and The Pearl: Japan’s Tagaki Kazuo; Magno Brasserie’s Paul Bentley joins the line-up from Mexico; Tim Butler of Eat Me Restaurant Bangkok fame, and Spanish pastry chef Jesús Escalera, who is known for sensational work at El Bulli and The Fat Duck.

The Qatar Airways Cooking Theatre’s line-up also includes the ‘Queen of Qatari cuisine’ Chef Aisha, Francisco Ruano, owner of one of the top five restaurants in Mexico and former chef at world-famous Noma Restaurant, and a number of fabulous chefs from the Arabic food channel Fatafeat, such as Daad Abu Jaber, Salma Soleiman, Mohamad Orfali and Wafa Al Kandari. Fatafeat Chefs will be presented by Darine Al Khatib.

Hamad International Airport, partner of FC Bayern Munich, has secured the football club’s head chef Alfons Schuhbeck to participate in the Qatar Airways Cooking Theatre, giving fans the opportunity to explore the favourite dishes enjoyed by the popular European team’s players.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “It is a great pleasure for Qatar Airways to welcome these extraordinary talents to Doha, bringing together these global culinary ambassadors, who embody the airline’s ambitions to provide excellent service and hospitality.

“The Qatar Airways Cooking Theatre at this year’s festival has an exciting line-up of stellar international chefs, whose unique creations will take guests on a globe-trotting journey to taste delectable cuisines from every corner of the world. Qatar Airways has carefully curated a selection of our time’s finest culinary masters, so that the hundreds of thousands of connoisseurs, food fans and guests who visit our Cooking Theatre and view these talented individual’s exceptional demonstrations will be truly transported to the distinctive destinations that each chef’s unique cuisine represents, while enjoying renowned Qatari hospitality.”