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Events: Nestle Golden Chefs Hat Awards Winner Season 7

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Chef Kasun Hirantha

The young chefs from ‘Pots, Pans and Boards’ in Dubai claimed the top prize that includes a seven-day tour of UAE’s finest culinary destinations

Chef Kasun Hirantha and Chef Tiran Rathugama of Pots, Pans and Boards in Dubai, have won Season 7 of Nestlé Professional Golden Chef’s Hat Award UAE. The young boys, from British chef Tom Aikens’ restaurant at The Beach opposite JBR Dubai, turned out to be surprise champions as they edged out nine other teams that made it to the finals.

They created a pan-seared sea bass with broccoli puree and Thai foam, and combined it with a modern twist on the black forest cake. The recipes wowed the Worldchefs-certified judges that were invited to score the dishes.


Chef Tiran Rathugama

As part of their winnings, the chefs will get to experience some of the country’s most exclusive fine-dining destinations over seven days. This mouth-watering expedition will help broaden their knowledge of how UAE’s top restaurants adapt their menus during unprecedented times.

AyçaKoç, Food Business Manager– MENA, Nestlé Professional, says, “Nestlé Professional and its commitment to the chef community, especially young chefs, is a long-standing tradition. This is our seventh consecutive year for the Golden Chef’s Hat Award in the UAE, and we are thrilled at the overwhelming response.”


Black Forest

“We want to ensure that our young chefs have a platform to showcase their talent and to push the boundaries of culinary innovation. It has been a delight to see the creative efforts gone into these dishes. This year, for Season 8, we have doubled the size of the competition and are inviting 20 of UAE’s best culinary teams to participate.”

The competition runs year-round and is open to all professional young chefs in the UAE. To be invited, two chefs must apply as a team, and both chefs must work in the same hotel, restaurant, company, or culinary institute.


Pan Seared Sea Bass with broccoli puree

20 teams with the most innovative dishes will be invited to the semi-finals and their recipes published for all to see. Following this, the top 10 teams will be invited to a final cook-off early next year, where the winning team will be decided.

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