The Dubai Food Festival will features food inspired by numerous cuisines starting on February 25 until March 12. Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News Archive
This year Dubai Food Festival will offer attendees a unique opportunity to participate in master class sessions with international and local chefs at Dubai's School of Culinary and Finishing Arts (SCAFA) at Jumeirah Lakes Towers.You can get your tickets for the master classes here
 

Star Chefs 

1. Cook with Gary Mehigan



Gary Mehigan is an English-Australian chef, MasterChef Australia judge and cookbook author. After training in Michelin-starred restaurants early in his career, Mehigan opened award-winning Fenix Restaurant and Events in 2000 and the Maribyrnong Boathouse in 2007. He also co-hosted two shows on Australia's Lifestyle Food Channel, Good Chef Bad Chef, and Boy's Weekend. 
 
Location SCAFA Date February 26 Timing 12pm-1.30pm Price Dh550 
 

2. Cook with George Calombaris



George Calombaris is an Australian chef and restaurateur who has achieved remarkable success as an author and judge of MasterChef Australia, besides owning seven restaurants in Melbourne. He is the author of Greek Cookery: from the Hellenic Heart, and Your Place or Mine, which he co-authored with Gary Mehigan. Calombaris regularly appeared on daytime cooking show Ready Steady Cook.
 
Location SCAFA Date February 26 Timing 12pm-12.30pm Price Dh150 
 

3. Cook with Shannon Bennett



Shannon Bennett is one of Australia’s most renowned chefs and restaurateurs. In addition to opening the highly acclaimed Vue de Monde restaurant at the early age of 24, Bennett’s other restaurant concepts also include Lui Bar and Jardin Tan among others. He has written six books which include “Shannon Bennett’s Guide to Paris” and “Shannon Bennett’s Guide to New York” . He is a brand ambassador for Miele and Audi.
 
Location SCAFA Date February 26 Timing 10am-11.30am Price Dh550
 

4. Cook with Chef Manal Al Alem



Chef Manal Al Alem is a renowned Arab celebrity chef nicknamed ‘Queen of the Arabian Kitchen’. She is watched by millions of fans in the Middle East and worldwide through her television shows. 
 
Location SCAFA Date February 27 Timing 2pm-3.30pm Price Dh350
 

5. Cook with Manu Feildel



Widely known as the co-host of “My Kitchen Rules”, he also achieved notable success as head chef at the restaurant Bilson’s. He comes from a line of gifted chefs including his great grandfather, who was a pastry chef, followed by his grandfather and father, who were also chefs. It seems that Australia’s best-loved French chef was pre-destined for his profession. 
 
Location SCAFA Date February 27 Timing 12pm-1.30pm Price Dh550
 

6. Cook with Matt Moran



When he was just 22, Matt Moran opened his first restaurant, The Paddington Inn Bistro. Then the fruitful partnership led them to open their second restaurant Moran’s Restaurant and Café. He succeeded in becoming a member of the international culinary panel for Singapore Airlines, he also authored four best-selling cookbooks such as  “Matt's Kitchen Garden Cookbook” and “Dinner at Matt's”.
 
Location SCAFA Date February 27 Timing 10am-11.30am Price Dh550
 

7. Cook with Tom Arnel



Tom Arnel is the co-owner of Dubai’s beloved casual dining restaurants —Tom & Serg, The Sum of Us and Common Grounds. Before opening his Dubai (Food destinations) hotspots, Arnel occupied various chef positions at distinguished restaurants in Australia, Spain, Oman and Singapore.
 
Location SCAFA Date March 10 Timing 5pm-6.30pm Price Dh300
 

8. Cook with Colin Clague



Encouraged by his qualified chef mother, Colin developed a strong sense of the quality and the seasonality of dishes and their ingredients. He has previously occupied executive chef positions at  various prominent restaurants such as  Pollen restaurant in Singapore and Q’bara restaurant in Dubai before becoming the Executive chef at Jean-Georges restaurant in Dubai. 

Location SCAFA Date March 11 Timing 5pm-6.30pm Price Dh300 
 

Master classes at restaurants 


Class Name Location Date Timing Price
Healthy Homemade Cooking Signor Pomidor, Business Bay February 25 and 26 11.30am-1.30pm Dh150
The Art of Coffee  Caffè Nero, Dubai Festival City February 25   Free
Mother and Kid MasterClass  Chez Sushi, Arabian Ranches February 27 11am-1pm Dh100 for the pair
Beef Wellington MasterClass   Rivington Gril, Souk Al Bahar  February 29 and March 1 12pm-3pm Dh285
Espresso and Cappuccino Training RAW Coffee Company, Al Quoz March 1 2.30-4.30pm Dh250
Experience Logma Logma, BOXPARK March 1 10am and 6pm Dh400
Discover Ethiopian Coffee  Mokha 1450, Al Wasl Rd March 2 10.30am-12.30pm Dh50
Sushi Making Classes Sumo Sushi and Bento, Jumeirah March 2 2pm-5pm Dh30 for individuals,Dh50 for couples and Dh100 for a family of four
Mom and Me  Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai, Shaikh Zayed Rd March 3 4pm-7pm Dh100 for the pair
Cocoville Chocolate Workshop- Adults Jumeirah 3 March 5 9am-11am,2pm-4pm Dh250
Cocoville Chocolate Workshop-Kids Jumeirah 3 March 5 11.30am-1pm and 4.30pm-6pm  Dh150
Fresh Pasta Lesson  Emporio Armani Caffè, Mall of the Emirates March 5 11.30am Free
The Ivy Pudding Club The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers March 7 3pm-5pm Dh250
Almaz by Momo Cooking Demonstration Almaz by Momo, The Beach March 9 12pm-2pm Dh185
Recipe Confidential Culinary Boutique, Jumeirah 1 March 10 10am-7pm Dh145