Published on 2/11/22

World’s 50 Best reveals MENA 50 Best Restaurants

VALRHONA is proud to be a partner of the "World’s 50 Best". A prestigious event which annually honors the best restaurants and chefs in the world, and promotes gastronomy and sustainability.

For Alexandra Belin, global communication group manager of Valrhona, “we share with W50B a common vision of what the gastronomy of tomorrow should resemble, considering gastronomy as a whole and highlighting global experiences and sustainability”

In February, it was the Middle East & North Africa region's time to unveil, for the first edition, its "50 Best Restaurants".

"We are extremely happy to be part of the first edition of W50B in the MENA region, inspiring future generations to challenge themselves, innovate and connect around food", said Guillaume Lafaix, IMEA business unit manager, in an interview for Hospitality News Mag.

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The list of Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants was revealed in Abu Dhabi - Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, setting a much-deserved spotlight on the region as a "world-class culinary destination". Winners came from 11 different countries across the MENA region and starred a large range of cuisines and dining styles. United Arab Emirates has been the most rewarded country, with 19 restaurants ranked, including 3 from the host city Abu Dhabi.

MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022

And te winner is...3 Fils. This casual restaurant in Dubai is known for its seaside setting, its outstanding modern Asian cuisine, and its particularly sweet project called "Brix Desserts".

The second ranking position went to Dubai’s infamous Japanese restaurant Zuma and the third, to OCD Restaurant in Tel Aviv.

Special awards were also given during the ceremony, honoring chefs and restaurants that make a great impact on the world of gastronomy in MENA. One of them called "The Chef’s Choice Award 2022" was won by chef and entrepreneur, Reif Othman.

The "Sustainable Restaurant Award" went to Dubai’s Lowe. A casual dining destination that has set a new standard for exquisite food that goes hand-in-hand with sustainability.

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Best Pastry Chef Award 2022 sponsored by Valrhona

Middle East and North Africa’s "Best Pastry Chef 2022" was awarded to Sahar Parham Al Awadhi. This prize, supported by Valrhona, rewards talented pastry chefs who have changed the world of pastry through their creative spirit, commitment, technique and endless passion. As an Emirati, the pastry chef Sahar Parham Al Awadhi truly believes in showcasing the origins of her ingredients and supporting local producers.

Valrhona is pleased to have awarded this prize to a committed creative pastry chef, who, like us, values a gastronomy based on excellence, taste, and sustainability. Because doing well is above all respecting people and the planet !

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