FoodEx concludes with competition to honor the best chef


Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — The Saudi Arabian Chefs Association (SACA) conducted “Salon Culinaire 2017” competition in “FoodEx Saudi 2017” last Wednesday, with 158 chefs from different countries in 16 professional sections vying for the awards. Chefs from famous restaurants and hotels in the Saudi Arabia participated as well.

Yasser Jad, the president of SACA, emphasized: “The goal of the “Salon Culinaire 2017” is to highlight the productive capabilities of the chefs in FoodEx, and give them the chance to get out of the box and be creative”.

The gold award went to Mohammad Zaben, who said: “As the winner, I can’t truly explain the amount of happiness inside me after winning this award. I thank SACA for conducting ‘Salon Culinaire 2017’. Truly ‘FoodEx Saudi 2017’ was a remarkable event”.

The competition was supervised by an international judicial committee from the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) and the Saudi Arabian Chef's Table Circle (SACTC).

“Salon Culinaire 2017” is an international competition for professional chefs. The competition has different categories such as life cooking, creative sweets, bakery, fruit and chocolate sculpturing which highlighted the creative capabilities of the participating chefs.

Prizes at stake are Bronze or a Silver or a Golden medal and a certification from the Saudi Arabian Chef’s Association (SACA).

Showcasing the vibrant fresh food, the culinary experts cooked traditional and new recipes with authentic flavors.

SACA is a non-profit network of chefs inside Saudi Arabia. Chefs in SACA could benefit from each other and exchange their experiences in the cooking industry. SACA is sponsored by many companies and has it s own magazine called “The Chef”.

‘Foodex Saudi 2017’ is the biggest food exhibition in the Kingdom. FoodEx provide the opportunity for many high skilled international food retailers to enter the Saudi market. Many international companies participated.

Pakistan wants to invest in the food industry in Saudi Arabia, and 11 Pakistani companies displayed their products at FoodEx.

Fahad Choudhary, Trade Development Officer from the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jeddah, said: ”11 food companies from Pakistan participated in FoodEx. These companies have a well established state of the art machinery and packaging in Pakistan.

They are packing food Items such as fresh juices, spices and candies. The goal of Pakistani companies is to look for a Saudi distributor. I think ‘FoodEx Saudi 2017’ had seen a lot of improvement since the last year. Most of the visitors showed big interest in visiting Pakistani stalls.”

Choudhary added: “We want to increase our relations with Saudi Arabia. We are working to find more and more collaborations between the two countries, not only in food, but in all the other sectors like textile, and industrial.”