Emirates culinary team triumphs at Culinary Olympics 2024

Emirates culinary team triumphs at Culinary Olympics 2024

The Emirates Culinary Guild has returned triumphant from the Culinary Olympics 2024, held in Germany this February.

Representing the UAE, the team comprised 20 artists and pastry chefs, who together showcased their culinary expertise on the global stage, competing against 45 culinary teams from countries including Singapore, Sweden, Norway, South Korea and Taiwan.

The Emirates Culinary Guild’s exceptional performance saw them clinch an impressive total of 69 medals, including three gold with distinction, 39 gold, 27 silver and one diploma, making them the highest medal achievers at the event. The Emirates Culinary Guild UAE was led by previous president, chef Uwe Micheel. Furthermore, it was supported by a dedicated team of culinary experts, such as chef Karl Heinz Ney, chef Harald Oberender, chef Rabeh Amer, chef Saeed Fawaz, chef Chamil Sanjeewa, chef Shyju Varghese, chef Dinesh Kinson and president of the Syrian Chefs Guild, Majed Al Sabagh. They were also supported by Annette Micheel, Josephine Cuthbert and Othmar Schneider.

Andy Cuthbert, Emirates Culinary Guild’s president and general manager of Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, expressed pride in the team’s contribution to Emirates’ hospitality landscape. He said: “The team has made us proud as a country and Culinary association for showing the quality the Emirates can do.”  He added: “The chefs can be very proud of their achievement in Germany. The high quality of the chefs’ work and the gold medals won attest to their exceptional standards and performance. Furthermore, we are lucky to have in the UAE.”

Cuthbert also thanked Karim Al Azhari from Sounbula Mills for supporting the guild and its team. Al Azhari said: “I’m proud to assist these chefs in showcasing their skills to the world. Furthermore, as an Emirates-based company, our ability to support these chefs in realizing their dreams and achieving excellence fills me with immense pride.”

Furthermore, chef Micheel stated: “Leading this exceptional team and earning recognition from the culinary community is immensely rewarding. It was with pride to fly the UAE flag high again for the fourth time in the Culinary Olympics.”

The Emirates Culinary Guild team

The team achieved three gold medals with distinction, each garnering a maximum 100 points. Chefs Thilina Pradeep Kallamullage Fernando, Pathma Madushanka Kuma Hennedige and Kameel Rasyid Eril were the recipients of these awards.

contestants winners of the Emirates Culinary Team UAE

The full details of the team’s success will be available in the Guilds Monthly Magazine Gulf Gourmet April issue.


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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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