Welcome Team United Arab Emirates to Young Chef Olympiad

The modern diet of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is cosmopolitan, featuring dishes from around the world. A lot of people confuse Levantine food as being Emirati/Khaleej, but shawarma, hummous, tabbouleh, and mixed grill, whilst having similar characteristics, are fairly recent additions and do not do justice to the “soul food”
that makes up the Emirati menu.The dishes are usually like stews, as everything is often cooked in a single pot. Saffron, cardamom, turmeric, and thyme are the core flavors used in Emirati cookery. The introduction of rice to the diet came when the traders moved to the region. Leaves from indigenous trees, such as the Ghaff, were also used to stuff small birds, releasing their flavor during the cooking process.Sweet options include luqeymat, a deep fried ball of pancake batter that is rolled in sesame seeds and then drizzled with date honey. Other desserts include khabeesa, which is flour bread crumbs blended with sugar, cardamom, and saffron or bethitha, a semolina blended with crushed dates, cardamom, and clarified butter
Population :10 399 678

Popular United Arab Emirates Cuisine

Popular Cuisine

  • Al Jabab bread
  • Camel meat
  • Dates
  • Falafel
  • Fish
  • Kabsa
  • Kebab
  • Khabees
  • Sheep
  • Yeast bread

Popular Beverages

  • Mint lemonade
  • Laban and ayran
  • Tamar hind
  • Jellab and qamardeen
  • Karak chai
  • Coffee

Popular Desserts

  • Ranjina
  • Balaleet
  • Chebab
  • Assidat al-Boubar

About Young Chef Olympiad

Young Student Chefs from 67+ nations after getting selected from different colleges from 67+ nations, will fly down to India on 26th January (67th republic day for India) to represent their country in a cook-off that will last 4 days starting 29th January to 1st February. The results will be collated and the Grand Finale is scheduled on Monday 1st February 2015 at Kolkata.

Young Chef Olympiad Team For United Arab Emirates


Student Chef: Gabriela Hristova


College: EAHM


Hosting Team: IIHM Kolkata

About Young Chef Gabriela Hristova


My name is Gabriela Hristova and I am a third year student at The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai, UAE. I am 22 years old, from Bulgaria and am currently completing my Bachelors degree in Business Administration (Hons.) in International Hospitality Management. I’ve lived in Dubai for over 8 years and I am truly passionate about traveling and exploring new cultures and cuisines. I have had an interest in culinary arts and Food & Beverage for as long as I can remember, from watching my grandmother cook as a young child, to spending hours watching cooking shows and then days in the kitchen testing recipes and coming up with my own dishes. I have completed the mandatory culinary course at EAHM during my first year, and signed up for the FABM201 elective in second year. During the course I was a part of a team that created from scratch a restaurant that operated for 1 week. We competed against another team where each had to create the concept, design, menu, recipes and marketing plan in just 2 short months and operate as an actual restaurant for a week. Winning the FABM201 trophy has been one of the most exceptional moments for me during my time at the EAHM.

About the participating college


The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM) in Dubai is one of the world’s leading hospitality business management universities and an integral part of the global luxury hotel company, Jumeirah Group. It is a leading provider of university-level hospitality business education and offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees designed to develop the hospitality leaders of the future. EAHM works in academic association with Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and all programmes of study are fully accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates, the Institute of Hospitality in the United Kingdom and THE-ICE (International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education) in Australia. It is also a higher education member of the Council of International Schools (CIS).

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    • Culinary Arts School in Dubai, UAE

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