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MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants announces star-studded programme

Between 4 and 8 February, some of the world’s finest chefs will descend on the UAE capital

The programming schedule for the inaugural edition of MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants has been announced.

Set to take place in Abu Dhabi next month, the series of experiential dining events, cooking masterclasses, four-hands dinners and #50BestTalks are set to draw the region’s culinary industry figures, as well as consumers.

The week of events will culminate in a gala ceremony at the Conrad Abu Dhabi on the 7 February where the region’s top restaurants will be announced.

Masterclasses will be held at Yas Marina Circuit on 4 February and will be hosted by chefs including Tim Raue, from Restaurant Tim Raue in Berlin; the current World’s Best Female Chef 2021, Pía León from Peru, and Will Goldfarb, the World’s Next Best Pastry Chef 2021, who will reveal the process behind his innovative creations.

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The following day, also at Yas Marina Circuit, attendees will have the chance to attend and participate in the #50BestTalks. Titled MENA: United Through Food, the event will dissect culinary and cultural connections across the region through interviews and discussions with regional and international industry leaders.

Tim Raue, Julien Royer (from Odette, the Best Restaurant in Asia 2021), and Natsuko Shoji, crowned Asia’s Best Pastry Chef in 2020, who will host events at Dai Pai Dong, LPM Abu Dhabi and Tori No Su respectively as part of the ‘Collaboration Dining’ series.

Those interested in something out of the ordinary will have a choice of two Experiential Dining sessions. Pía León will create a  ‘Peruvian Paradise’ at Zaya Nurai Island and Dave Pynt of Burnt Ends (No.34 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 list) will welcome guests to a night of ‘Playing with Fire’ at Emirates Palace.

Visit the www.theworlds50best.com for more information including dates, timings, locations and ticket prices

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