We are calling amateur barbecue enthusiasts and chefs across the UAE to partake in our “Smoke and Flames” campaign to find out who is the UAE’s Best Amateur Barbecue Master.
This is one of the biggest competitions of its kind in the UAE, and we aim to bring together the local community and connect with hidden talents in the region.
The competition is now live and until the 1st of March 2021 and open for UAE residents only to be in with a chance of grabbing the coveted title. To enter, applicants must submit:
their favourite barbecue recipe;
a 60 seconds video on why they are the best for consideration while preparing their recipe;
a picture of the final dish.
All shortlisted participants will win a Weber grill and the final event will result in a grand winner and 3 runner-ups:
Grand Prize Winner: will receive AED 10,000, a staycation at the luxurious Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, and will have his or her recipe listed on Rotana’s participating outlets’ menus for a period of one year.
1st runner-up: AED 5,000
2nd runner-up: AED 2,500
3rd runner-up: AED 2,500
In conjunction with the Barbecue Master competition, a special Barbecue menu will be launched on the 5th of March across the participating Rotana outlets - JB's Gastropub at Amwaj Rotana and Morgan's Gastropub at Al Bandar Rotana in Dubai; Garden by Bayview/Rodeo Grill at Beach Rotana, Cooper's at Park Rotana and Hamilton's Gastropub and Turtle Bay Bar & Grill at Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas in Abu Dhabi.
Following the online submission, the semi-final round of the competition will see 12 shortlisted participants, who in turn will compete for the final round. The semi-final events will take place in Dubai from 19th-20th March at Morgan’s, Al Bandar Rotana and JB’s Amwaj Rotana and in Abu Dhabi from 26th-27th March at Garden by Bayview/Rodeo Grill at Beach Rotana and Cooper’s Park Rotana.
The preliminary and semi-final rounds will be arbitrated by the esteemed panel of judges which will include Rotana’s Corporate Food & Beverage team, General Managers and celebrity chef Hattem Mattar. There will then be four finalists selected for the final round of the competition.
The grand finale is scheduled for the 3rd of April 2021 at Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas in Abu Dhabi and will be hosted by renowned Virgin Radio presenter Kris Fade. The extravagant event will witness the contestants competing live, in a mini-market with “Butcher”; “Fisherman”; “Farmer” style set-up and the winner will be selected based on the taste, creative presentation and novelty of the prepared dish.
The final round will be evaluated by four key judges: Hattem Mattar, world’s first Arab Pitmaster and owner of Mattar Farm, Samantha Wood, founder of impartial restaurant review website FooDiva, Ian Fairservice, Founder, Managing Partner and Group Editor of Motivate Publishing, President of the UAE’s culinary association La Chaine des Rotisseurs, and member of the World Board in Paris and Guy Hutchinson, President & CEO of Rotana.
The month-long Smoke and Flames campaign is organised in partnership with Celebrity Chef Hattem Mattar -World’s 1st Arab Pitmaster, Jack Daniels, Weber Middle East, Nassar Al Refaee Trading Company, Bidfood UAE, Fine Hygiene, and Restofair.
Submit your entry today, and get your BBQ smokin'!
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