Fancy dinner in Dubai with 12 Michelin stars?
Dubai; How many of us can stake claim to indulging in a multi-course dinner cooked by celebrity chefs representing a total of 12 Michelin stars? My guess is not many…well FooDiva Friends in the UAE come April 3rd you will, if you want to that is. Thanks to the folks at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, seven international chefs will convene for the now-global Stars, Food & Art gala event (remember my pre-Christmas Viennese experience?) making it the largest gathering of Michelin star chefs ever in the Emirates.
The event, which combines art and gastronomic excellence, was created in 2007 at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam in partnership with Dutch chef and author Lise Goeman Borgesius-Timmer. Since then Lise in partnership with Sofitel has hosted this gala event in Marseille, Lyon, Munich and most recently Vienna. So who exactly is descending on Dubai and whose signature dishes will you savour?
Thomas Bühner who scooped his third Michelin star for La Vie restaurant in Germany in December will serve…I should disclose this dish has been released in advance exclusively for you FooDiva Friends…a smoked carpaccio of watermelon with parmesan cream, pine seeds, balsamic vinegar and wild herbs along with a sorbet of potato foam and pumpkin ice cream.
A similar style of dish to his Viennese plate of marinated mackerel fillets with a dollop of black sesame ice cream and a drizzle of passion fruit. If that was anything to go by, I can’t wait.
Another star of the night is Claire Clark, the pastry chef from three-star The French Laundry in California (still on my wish list!) Here’s the impressive roll-call:
Claire Clark,*** The French Laundry (California, USA)
Thomas Bühner,*** La Vie (Osnabrück, Germany)
Giovanni D’Amato,** Il Rigoletto (Reggiolo, Italy)
Christophe Aribert,** Les Terrasses (Uriage les Bains, France)
Bernard Bach,** Le Puits Saint Jacques (Pujaudran, France)
Joe Barza, Chase (Beirut, Lebanon)
Cyrus Todiwala, Spice Namaste (London, UK)
In addition, the host, another Thomas [Pendarovski], Executive Chef of Sofitel Dubai will cook a course of duck three ways with five-spice, foie gras and confit, served with a beetroot balsamic sorbet, cumin carrots and dusted with hazelnut. All eight courses will be paired with wines presented by Brit sommelier and quite the character, Jason Turner, who regaled us in Vienna with many a wine story.
Now heads up, this event doesn’t come cheap – eight courses paired with wines for AED 2,500 per person (or AED 22,000 for a table of ten) – complete with Laurent Perrier champagne, canapes and Czech Mezzo-soprano Edita Adlerova bringing a touch of opera. So clearly a special occasion for those who really prioritise fabulous food, wine and the whole dining experience. What I can say though if the spectacular Vienna event is anything to go by, it shall be money worth spent.
So FooDiva Friends, does this event tickle your palate? Have you dined in any of the seven chefs restaurants?