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Top Omani chef to add local flavour to Iftar cuisine.

Muscat: Oman's first celebrity chef and renowned culinary aficionado Issa Al Lamki will join Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton hotel, this Ramadan to help impart his vast gastronomic knowledge to the culinary students of the palatial resort, bringing an authentic flavour of Oman to its Iftar offering, and a unique Ramadan experience for guests. Chef Issa will take to the kitchen to teach nine of the Omani students currently enrolled in the hotel's Hospitality Academy, launched in 2013 to develop young local talent, about traditional Ramadan cuisine. The training will culminate in a competition for the students to create their own signature Ramadan dishes, with the winning three being served at the hotel's lavish Iftars, alongside Chef Issa's own Shuwa Madrooba dish, created exclusively for guests of Al Bustan Palace. Chef Issa will act as head judge, alongside a panel of judges including a representative from the Ministry of Tourism and the hotel's new General Manager Katrin Herz. Unique experience " We wanted to create a unique experience for both our students and guests to celebrate Ramadan this year, and we are delighted to have Chef Issa on board to help provide Omani authenticity as well as the very best Ramadan cuisine. Our students are feeling incredibly inspired, and I am enormously excited to be part of such a memorable initiative for my first Ramadan in the Sultanate," said Herz. Chef Issa Al Lamki added, "My passion for cooking started when I was 14 years old, and I believe it is essential to ignite this passion as early as possible, so I am delighted to be working with the young talent of the Al Bustan Palace Culinary Academy. For me, the winning dishes will combine traditional Omani Ramadan flavours, with the student's own interpretation and creative touches." The competition will take place on June 9, 2015, and the three winning dishes will be available for guests to try throughout Ramadan at the hotel's Iftar at Al Khiran restaurant. The lavish buffet will also include live stations, with a variety of Middle Eastern and international cuisine, with further highlights including shuwarma, shuwa kebbeh and creative 'henna' cookies. A Sohour buffet will be served at the Beach Pavilion, where a variety of shisha will also be available. Timings and prices for Ramadan dining at Al Bustan Palace: Iftar: Sunset -- 10pm, OMR 18 for adults, including Ramadan beverages. Al Khiran OMR 9 for children over 6 and below 12. Sohour: 9pm -- 2am, OMR 10. Beach Pavilion Shisha -- OMR 5.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Geographic Code:7OMAN
Date:May 30, 2015
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