February 5, 2018

HORECA Kuwait Reaches New Heights

With the conclusion of HORECA Kuwait’s seventh edition, the country’s premier food and hospitality platform and all-in-one meeting place for industry players attracted thousands of visitors eager to leverage its networking opportunities.


The 2018 HORECA Kuwait exhibition, which took place from 15-17 January 2018 at Kuwait International Fair, gathered more than 100 exhibitors and shone a bright light on the nation’s food and hospitality industries through countless competitions and events.


At the Hospitality Salon Culinaire, more than 300 talented chefs showed off their skills to a jury of international expert chefs, while the Hospitality Forum invited top industry experts from across the region for a series of debates tackling hot topics such as the emergence of food delivery platforms and the increasing number of food enthusiasts and local restaurateurs championing Kuwait as a major culinary destination. Elsewhere, seminars were conducted by Boecker on food safety and an educational food presentation by the South African Embassy was also delivered.



The third and final day of the HORECA Kuwait 2018 exhibition was full of activities, including an honoring ceremony for the winners in the international cooking competition.

The competition’s jury panel, comprising of 12 experts announced the winners’ names noting.. The jury also announced that Kuwait Sheraton Hotel won the highest number of gold medals, as seven of its chefs won first place in various competitions they took part in.


The panel added that the competitions highly appealed to visitors who enjoyed watching chefs carve works out of chocolate, ice and fruits.


The Hospitality Salon Culinaire Jury panel:


Samaan Hilal         Head of the Hospitality Salon Culinaire Kuwait, Managing partner Brainsteam - Kuwait/Lebanon


Charles Azar         Pastry Chef Consultant and President of the delegation of the Academie Nationale de Cuisine Paris , Middle East and the GCC


Thierry Bamas     "Best Craftsman of France “Pastry Chef” (2011), European Pastry, Sugar and Frozen Dessert Champion (2010)"


Cynthia Bitar        Executive Chef & Owner at Nazira Catering, and Active Member of the" Academie Nationale De Cuisine Paris"


Eric Briffard           "Best Craftsman of France 1994

Executive Chef and Director of the Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris


Maroun Chedid    Managing Partner of Maroun Chedid sarl


Thomas Gugler    President of the World Association of Chefs' Societies (WACS)


Paul Hage               Group Culinary Director at Al Habtoor Hospitality Group 


Tarek Ibrahim                  Certified Master Chef of Meat and Livestock Australia Egypt/UAE


Martin Kobald                Global Master Chef and Vice President of the World Association of Chefs' Societies (WACS)

Faisal Al - Nashmi          Executive Chef & Co-Owner of Al Makan United Company


Soundararajan Palaniappan   "Corporate Executive Chef of Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India

Chairman Marketing committee (WACS) General Secretary of the Indian Federation of Culinary Associations "


Jacques Rossel    Culinary Operation Manager at the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, Affiliate of Les Roches, Amman






Participant’s Name

Best Éclair

Lumiere co for sweets and confections

Payagalage Randika Pushpa Ruwan 

Bread Creation & Morning Goods (croissant, Danish, Brioche)

Crowne Plaza & Holiday Inn Al Thuraya City

Prakash Panth Sharma

Chocolate Carving


Gourmania International

Lalantha Fernando

Symphony Style Hotel

G. Chinthaka Sandaruwan

Petit Four & Praline

Marina Hotel Kuwait

Ranga Gayan Wijesekara

Six Course Set Dinner Menu

Sheraton Kuwait

Abdulrazaq Tijani

Themed Celebration Cake

Sheraton Kuwait

Tarak Das

Three Plated Dessert Presentation


Marina Hotel Kuwait

Ranga Gayan Wijesekara

Jumeirah messilah beach hotel & spa kuwait

Prashan Madusanka

Wedding Cake

Sheraton Kuwait

Nikini Suriyage

Asian Cuisine

Sheraton Kuwait

Muralidhar Savarapu

Alshaya - Asha's

Rajendra Singh



Sushi Competition


Maki Group

Indika Udaya Kumara Dissanayaka Mudiyanselage

Maki Group

Jayasena Batagama Arachchige Don

Sheraton Kuwait

Ismael Alvior



Kuwaiti Traditional Dish

JW Marriott

Anfal A E M Al Rakhis

Plated Date Dessert

Millennium Hotel & Convention Center

Chamas Antony Ranasingh

Fresh Pasta Competition

Sheraton Kuwait

Abin George

Alshaya IHOP

Rohan Agarwal

Ice Carving Competition

Crowne Plaza & Holiday Inn Al Thuraya City

Prabhath R. Abegunawardhana

Fruit & Vegetable Carving

Millennium Hotel & Convention Center

T.V Wasula Saman

Sheraton Kuwait

Tarak Das

Symphony Style Hotel

G. Chinthaka Sandaruwan


Provided by: Hospitality Services

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