Taste of Dubai returns for 2019 and here’s everything we know


Taste of Dubai is back for 2019 with a tasty line up of international chefs.

MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston, and top-flight chefs David Myers and Masaharu Morimoto are coming to everyone’s favourite’s festival of food and drink, which returns to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on 7th-9th March.

Japanese Chef Masaharu Morimoto, aka The Iron Chef, is a pretty big deal in the food world, with restaurants all over the globe, including one at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in our own fair city. That’s where American David Myers, who calls himself the ‘Gypsy Chef,’ also has two new restaurants.

Morimoto rose to prominence after appearing on the show Iron Chef both in America and his own country. His brand of fusion style cuisine combines formal training in sushi preparation and tradition Kaiseki methods with his passion for Western food.

It’s a blend that’s paid off, as Morimoto now owns a string of successful restaurants in the US, Japan and the UAE, with Morimoto XEX in Tokyo earning a coveted Michelin Star.

Eric Lanlard, Taste of Dubai

Masterchef judge Matt Preston is known for his dazzling array of cravats and his finely tuned palate. He’s in Dubai to host a special MasterChef ‘Mystery Box Challenge,’ on 9th March. Amateur cooks will get a box of mystery ingredients and create dishes to be judged by Matt himself.

The Australian food journalist will also join the judging panel at the Chef’s Theatre, where Chef Margarita from new restaurant MasterChef, the TV Experience takes to the stage. Taste visitors will be the first to experience the concept eatery, which opens at Dubai’s Millennium Place Marina in April to serve popular dishes inspired by the series’ contestants and champions.

Also new for 2019, master French pâtissier, Eric Lanlard is running a series of baking masterclasses at the new ‘Jif Big Baking Tent’ by ICCA, where festival-goers can learn the art of cake decorating from the man they call Cake Boy.

Taste of Dubai is part of Dubai Food Festival, the three-week-long celebrations of the emirate’s love affair with food that’s held between 21st February and 9th March. Back on the menu are outdoor eating experience the Beach Canteen at Sunset Beach, public-voted Hidden Gems and Dubai Restaurant Week.

Tickets are on sale now at www.tasteofdubaifestival.com

Taste of Dubai 2019 – Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Thursday 7th March: 4 pm-midnight. Friday 8th March: noon-midnight. Saturday 9th March: noon-11pm. Tickets starting from AED 95 for standard entry and from AED 285 for VIP tickets. Under 12s go free.

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