Gourmet Abu Dhabi Stars Awards are Now Open for Voting
Voting for the 2013 Gourmet Stars Awards has begun, with 12 hotly contested accolades, including two new awards for use of local produce and sustainability. You can decide who’ll be picking up the hospitality industry’s Oscars by voting online until 18 December. The second round of voting involves a public ballot and then it’s down to the judging panel to cast its votes.
The annual culinary festival runs across 20 of Abu Dhabi’s leading restaurants from 5 to 20 February 2013, and culminates in a glittering awards ceremony at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Celeb chefs and cookbook authors, like the lovely Rachel Allen, will be conducting demos during the foodie festival.
The Gourmet Abu Dhabi Stars Awards are divided into three categories: chef, service and restaurant, and cover Executive Chef of the Year, Restaurant Chef of the Year, Regional Cuisine Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Food & Beverage Manager of the Year, Regional Cuisine Manager of the Year, Restaurant Manager of the Year, Restaurant Host of the Year, Restaurant of the Year and Regional Cuisine Restaurant of the Year.
The two new awards for incorporating local produce and for sustainability are a way to promote homegrown ingredients and Emirati cuisine. The recipes featuring local produce will be judged on taste, originality, creativity, presentation and preparation while the sustainability award will recognise an organisation, campaign, initiative or establishment that is committed to the promotion and preservation of produce and ingredients indigenous to Abu Dhabi.