Al Islami Foods will offer multiple cooking classes, competitions and challenges at “Al Islami Kitchen Stage” for all levels of culinary skill

·         All activities are free and will be held at the Etisalat Beach Canteen from 23rd February until 11th March

·         Reserved VIP seating available at  

Dubai, UAE — Al Islami Foods, the UAE’s premier halal food production company – and a major sponsor of the 2017 Dubai Food Festival – will offer advanced reservations for Master Classes and Cooking Demonstrations at this year’s festival. All classes are free of charge and will be held at the Al Islami Kitchen Stage inside the Etisalat Beach Canteen on Jumeirah Beach behind Sunset Mall.

Master Classes and Cooking Demonstrations will feature a wide array of international celebrity and local chefs, and will teach everything from basic kitchen techniques to complex meal and recipe planning. Each class can accommodate approximately 60 participants, with a limited number of reserved VIP seats available for people who wish to be a part of the action and enjoy bites from the world’s leading chefs. Reserved seats are available by registering

Highlights at this year’s Dubai Food Festival include:

Chef Francisco Araya, School Director of Dubai’s School of Culinary and Finishing Arts (SCAFA). Chef Francisco will focus on the latest trend in the culinary world, Street Food.

Chef Kirti Bhoutika, winner of Masterchef India Season 5. Chef Bhoutika will focus on fusion cooking, combining styles and flavors into high-profile dishes that also emphasize presentation.

Chef Roya Tarzaban, graduate of SCAFA and developer of healthy and visually appealing recipes. Chef Roya’s focus will be on combatting boredom in the kitchen and adding zest to old recipes.

Teen Chef Bella Pearson, a YouTube personality and Al Islami Kids’ ambassador. Chef Bella will lead younger visitors in a variety of activities, including perfecting the ideal Bento box.

Stephanie Pech, nutritionist and metabolic balance coach. Stephanie’s will help attendees – especially kids – learn the basics of healthy eating and mastering their diets.

 In addition, for younger chefs Al Islami Foods is hosting the Al Islami Kids Club featuring a series of culinary, educational and fun activities including cooking classes for kids, food safety & nutrition talks, arts and crafts, a photo booth and school-day programs in collaboration with seven UAE-based schools.

Brent Pearson, Chief Financial Officer for Al Islami Foods said: “Dubai Food Festival is a spectacular undertaking and we applaud the Dubai Department of Tourism and Marketing for putting together a program that celebrates our country’s global culinary footprint. Together with our partner SCAFA, Dubai’s School of Culinary and Finishing Arts, we’re looking forward to 17 days of showcasing high quality, nutritious Al Islami products in creative and innovative ways that will delight everyone’s palate.”

 A complete schedule of classes and demonstrations at the Al Islami Kitchen at Dubai Food Festival is available (seats are limited). Parents can also register their children in “Al Islami Kids Club” activities by visiting or “Al Islami Kids Club” Facebook page.

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