Chef Uwe Micheel has launches 'Flavours of Dubai,' his first Emirati cookbook.
Uwe, Director of Kitchens at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, is the president of the Emirates Culinary Guild and has launched the book to help expatriates, as well as young nationals, to adopt the country’s culinary heritage. The ‘Flavours of Dubai’ also includes a large selection of modern recipes, developed using locally sourced ingredients, to reflect the city’s growing presence on the global culinary map. A few months ago, Uwe led the UAE National Culinary team to the Culinary Olympics in Germany and returned with 51 medals, including 43 Gold. He is a four-time winner at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, and a Dubai resident for nearly a quarter of a century.
He said, “When I first arrived in Dubai, guests wanting to try the local cuisine were usually referred to Lebanese or Iranian restaurants. This was unacceptable to me, and I began learning traditional recipes from Emirati mothers and experienced chefs cooking for palaces and at the DWTC. This book is the sum of all the authentic recipes I have learned from them over two decades, and getting these were not easy.”
‘Flavours of Dubai’ is Chef Uwe’s second step towards his dream to promote Emirati cuisine in Dubai. The book features simple recipes from local breads and drinks to complex dishes such as the traditional ‘Ouzi’ and modern ‘Arabian Lobster,’ written in a simple and easy-to-cook format.The first step was released last year in May, when he opened ‘Aseelah,’ an authentic Emirati restaurant at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek.