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Book Fair’s Kitchen Show to Reflect Cultures

Abu Dhabi, UAE; April 24, 2014: Live cooking demonstrations by internationally renowned chefs is on the menu for the Kitchen Show segment of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) which runs at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from April 30 – May 5, 2014.

The Kitchen Show will serve up different tastes of the world’s cultures as the chefs, including the renowned Swedish chef, cookery author and TV celebrity Tareq Taylor, who hails from a Swedish/English/Palestinian background looking to bridge cultures with a Sweden Meets Arabia menu.

Sweden is this year’s fair Guest of Honour and will have a key role in this year’s Show Kitchen programme. Every day, chefs from different regions of Sweden will share the country’s traditional dishes and recipes, as well as home cooking tips with expert nutritionists discussing healthy food. H.E. Max Bjuhr, Swedish Ambassador to the UAE and his wife, Mrs. Anki Bjhur, will also take part in culinary demonstrations.

Tareq Taylor, the author of three popular cookbooks: Mat ochKärlek (Food and Love) Klassiker (Classics), and Sylta, saftaochlägg in (Jam it, Juice it, Jar it) says he’s looking forward to meeting fair visitors on his first trip to the UAE capital.

“I’ve never been to Abu Dhabi before but I’ve met people from there and have always been struck by their friendliness so I’m really looking forward to meeting more of the emirate’s residents and discovering the emirate,” he said.

Author and nutritionist, Ulrika Davidsson from Sweden, will deliver a lecture on how to make easy raw food recipes every day. Davidsson considers raw food to be the best choice for the family or lifestyle in general and she’ll discuss the benefits of detoxing by purifying the body using herbs, juices, fruit, and vegetables.

Johanna Westman, Swedish TV presenter and cookbook author, will highlight kids cooking in a live show. Westman is renowned for her publications focusing on food and children having written more than 14 cookbooks, mostly directed towards children who like to cook.

Winner of Sweden’s biggest cooking competition, Chef of the Year, in 2005, Stefan Eriksson will also take to the Kitchen Show’s stage. Stefan was the chef who prepared the banquet for the Nobel Prize winners in 2008. He started up Atelier food, a new food laboratory dedicated to exploring the future of food with a multidisciplinary team of artists, designers, and scientists.

Expert Dubai Indian expatriate, Vandana Jane, will offer a glimpse of her rich experience with vegetarian recipes. Vandana was  awarded Best Indian Cuisine Book of the World and Best Vegetarian Book in U.A.E. Her name is included in the world’s lists of top chefs, authors and publishers and she’s won 42 awards in various international cooking competitions.

ADIBF’s visitors will also have the chance to learn from Lebanese Chef, Dalal Kanj, who started her cooking career in 2010 by providing her home-made mini-cakes to supermarkets. Dalal is now an accomplished, high-level expert in food preparation who has appeared in several cooking festivals and TV shows.

Finally, the Swedish Women’s Educational Association International (SWEA) also makes an appearance at the Kitchen Show. SWEA is a cultural, social organisation with around 7,500 members who meet and share Swedish traditions and strive to keep practicing the Swedish language while living abroad.

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