The Embassy of Italy in Abu Dhabi has coordinated a number of events organised by Italy’s country promotion system in the United Arab Emirates to coincide with the week of Italian Cuisine. Michelin-starred chefs of the calibre of Heinz Beck, Niko Romito and Cristina Bowerman took centre stage.
As Ambassador Lorenzo Fanara underscored, the event offered a “rich programme” ranging “from the promotion of Italian excellence to haute cuisine, from art to blockchain”. An extraordinary set of events, enriched by the involvement of some of the most celebrated chefs of the Italian gastronomy scene, that conveyed a vision of Italian cuisine that marries tradition, innovation, culture and sustainability”.
The numerous initiatives included an event staged as part of Italy’s participation as guest of honour at the Sharjah International Book Fair. Four internationally renowned chefs – Cristina Bowerman, Alessandro Borghese, Luca Montersino and Damiano Carrara – appeared in four cookery shows, presenting the best of Italian haute cuisine and patisserie.
Haute cuisine, metaverse and blockchain were the key topics at the conference entitled “Italian cuisine in the world in the Web 3.0 era”, which saw the introduction of the first non-fungible token dedicated to this sphere. On the evening of the event, the multi award-winning chef Heinz Beck curated an exclusive meal, hosted at the same time in Dubai and in the metaverse.
In the United Arab Emirates the Week will close on 5 December, with a reception organised by the Consulate General in Dubai and curated by Niko Romito, a three-Michelin-star chef who owns the restaurant judged by the Gambero Rosso guide to be Italy’s best in 2022. The event will take place in Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, which this year the restaurant won two stars in the first edition of the Michelin Guide Dubai, in the city’s Bulgari Resort.