The UAE chapter of the International Cheese Guild (Guilde Internationale des Fromages) was formally established on February 28, 2017 at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai ballroom, with Greenhouse Foodstuff Trading LLC general manager Daniel Chidiac as founding president and Sharjah Executive Council member Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi as the Guild protector. The UAE Cheese Guild's inauguration ceremony, which marks the 47th international outpost of the Guild, and induction of new members, which was a diverse cheese-loving group comprised of cheese makers, executive chefs, cheese distributors, importers and suppliers, was attended by renowned French cheese expert and International Cheese Guild council president provost Roland Barthelemy.
"The Guild's mission is to support and encourage the cheese interrelated communities," Chidiac said in his opening speech.
"We will do this through development of a collective voice, to promote cheese and cheesemakers, educate professionals and consumers, to coordinate resources and share cheese to all from various origins."
"Life is great. Cheese makes it better," he added.
Sheikh Al Qasimi welcomed the title of Guild protector conveyed on him by Chidiac, saying, "We are on the edge of gastronomy here in the United Arab Emirates. Things like this, the Guild, is very important for the future of this country in making its mark on the world of gastronomy. It is an absolute honour to become the Protector of the Guild and I promise to uphold my duty to the very best of my ability."
Chef Uwe Micheel - Director of Kitchens at Radisson Blu Hotel DDC and President of the Emirates Culinary Guild who was honoured “Est Promu<Compagnon D’ Honneur” said at the Inauguration Event this is another proof for United ArabEmirates’ importance in the Industry that this prestigious Guild has opened a chapter for us.
The International Cheese Guild is a non-profit organisation open to professional cheese makers with 6,700 members across the world. The Guild, founded in 1969 by Pierre Androuet, author of "The Complete Encyclopaedia of French Cheese" - which aims to promote the fine art of dairy – has joined forces with the Fraternity of St Uguzon, which is open to cheese aficionados and experts, including chefs and restaurateurs.