Foodies in the UAE capital have cause to celebrate, as every Friday and Saturday from 8 September to 14 October the Abu Dhabi Exceptional Chef Series will see the emirate play host to a stellar line-up of some of the world's best Michelin-starred and ‘50 Best’ chefs.

Part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi’s (DCT Abu Dhabi) annual Abu Dhabi Culinary Season, one of the most significant culinary festival in the region, the Abu Dhabi Exceptional Chef Series will see 12 Michelin-starred chefs offer unforgettable dining experiences over the course of 12 days, including Chef’s Kitchen activations and intimate Four Hands Dinners, showcasing the very best of local and international cuisine.

Abu Dhabi Culinary Season is partnering with legendary gastronomic talent from across the globe, with leading hotels and restaurants in Abu Dhabi as their stage, to create gourmet brilliance and cement Abu Dhabi’s reputation as the culinary capital of the Middle East.

The Abu Dhabi Exceptional Chef Series will be working with the top fine dining restaurants in the city to host the world’s best international chefs. Guests can book their experience at either Catch, St Regis, Oak Room, The Edition, Board Eu, Shangri-La, BB Social Dining, Rosewood, Talea, Emirates Palace, Mandarin Oriental, Park Hyatt, MAZI, St Regis, Hakkasan, Emirates Palace, Mandarin Oriental, Garage, W Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Cafe Milano, Four Seasons, Villa Toscana, St Regis and Jose by Pizarro, The Conrad, with chefs including Michelin Star Chef Rodolfo Guzman, Michelin Star Chef Mathieu Rostain, Michelin Star Chef Chef Luca Mattioli from 3 Michelin Star Mirazur, 2 Michelin Star Chef Victoria Blamey, 2 Michelin Star Chef Alberto Landgraff, Michelin Star Chef Gregory Marchand, Michelin Star Chef Tala Bashmi, Michelin Star Chef Mehmet Gurs, 3 Michelin Star Chef Chicco Cerea, 2 Michelin Star Chef Julien Royer,  and Michelin Star Chef Kim Alter, showcasing their skills, taking diners on an exploratory culinary journey.

8th September Catch, St Regis – Rodolfo Guzman, Boragó, Chile – Michelin Star

9th September Oak Room, The Edition – Mathieu Rostaing, Sillon, France – Michelin Star

15th September Board Eu, Shangri-La – Luca Mattioli, Mirazur, France – 3 Michelin Star

16th September BB Social DiningRosewood Abu Dhabi – Victoria Blamey, Mena, New York – 2 Michelin Star

22nd September Talea, Emirates Palace – Benedetto Rullo, Lorenzo Stefanini & Stefano Terigi, Il Giglio, Italy – Michelin Star

23rd September Mate, Park Hyatt – Alberto Landgraf, Oteque, Rio de Janeiro – 2 Michelin Star

29th September MAZI, St Regis Saadiyat – Gregory Marchand, Frenchie, London – Michelin Star

30th September Hakkasan, Emirates Palace – Tala Bashmi, Fusions by Tala, Bahrain – Michelin Star

6th October Garage, W Abu Dhabi, Yas Island – Mehmet Gurs, Mikla, Turkey – Michelin Star

7th October Cafe Milano, Four Seasons –  Chicco Cerea, Da Vittorio, Italy – 3 Michelin Stars & 50 Best

12th October Villa Toscana, St Regis Abu Dhabi – Julien Royer, Odette Singapore – 3 Michelin Stars

14th October Jose by Pizarro, The Conrad – Kim Alter, Nightbird, San Francisco – Michelin Star

For more information and updates on the Abu Dhabi Exceptional Chef Series, please visit @abudhabiculinary.

About the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors, fuelling economic progress and helping to achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organisations that define Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the emirate’s potential, coordinate effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture, tourism and creative industries.

DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thought.

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