Online voting opens
today for Abu Dhabi Gourmet Star Awards 2012, an event dubbed the
‘Oscars’ of the local culinary scene. Gourmet Abu Dhabi, the 16-day
annual culinary arts festival that will run across the emirate’s leading
F&B establishments from February 8 to 23 next year, is poised for
the largest-ever edition of its Stars Awards.
The first round of voting, open online to the public on the Gourmet Abu Dhabi website will
see more than 40 eligible restaurants and 100 professional nominees
representing all the host venues of Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2012 – being
trimmed to a shortlist of three finalists per award at its closing on
From there, a second round of voting will open from December 12 to
January 25, 2012, with the finalists again running the gauntlet of
public opinion; this time alongside a ‘Mystery Diner’ scoring phase to
be undertaken by an esteemed panel of industry judges.
With voting closing on January 25, the winners in 10
categories, covering both establishments and individual accolades, who
have been operating in Abu Dhabi for at least six months prior to
nomination, will be unveiled during a glittering awards ceremony that
closes the fourth edition of the annual festival.
The list of Abu Dhabi Gourmet Stars Awards is as follows:
‘Restaurant Host of the Year’
‘Food and Beverage Manager of the Year’
‘Restaurant Manager of the Year’
'Regional Cuisine Manager of the Year’
‘Regional Cuisine Chef of the Year’
‘Regional Cuisine Restaurant of the Year’
‘Restaurant Chef of the Year’
‘Pastry Chef of the Year’
‘Executive Chef of the Year’
‘Restaurant of the Year’
This year, an ‘Honorary Mention’ was handed to
Chef Ali Salem Ebdowa, Executive Head Chef at Mezlai Restaurant,
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, for his innovation in emirati fusion cuisine.