round a hundred guests turned up on the first night of The Good Life Festival held at the Sharq Village and Spa yesterday.
Ritz-Carlton chefs from around the globe showcased their specialties last night during the cocktail reception at the hotel’s Al Dana Beach Terrace featuring canapés and other dishes where every guest chef presided over a cooking station that prepares
dishes a la minute.
Following the launch event will be a series of nightly dinners at Al Dana, each led by one of the visiting chefs. As the week unfolds, guests will discover that the common thread between each dinner at Al Dana and the Chef’s Table is the coastal seafood theme which is the mainstay of the menu at the restaurant.
The chefs included executive chef Xavier Salomon of the Ritz-Carlton Half-Moon Bay, California, who joined the festival for the second time. Chef Vincent Choi from The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya, Executive Chef Denis Depoitre and his assistant Chef Michael Voltaggio from The Langham Huntington Resort Pasadena, LA, California, will dazzle their guests with French dishes. Newly appointed Executive Chef Dirk Matschke, who joined The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, will showcase his Mediterranean style of cooking during his dinners.
Running in tandem with the dinner at Al Dana every evening will be the Chef’s Table event. During these Chef Table dinners, diners may interact with the chef in attendance and enjoy a personalised five-course meal that features highly selected vintages.
Those with a sweet tooth will get to appreciate the confections by resident Chef Kemal Ozcan.
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