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The BBC Good Food Middle East Chef of the Year, is the only award in the region of its kind. This prestigious award celebrates talented chefs across the region, and rewards their gastronomic excellence.

This November, four top chefs are set to go head-to-head in a mystery box cooking challenge at The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management. Held on 4th November, the chefs - who earnt their places through gaining the highest number of public votes in our Restaurant of the Year Dubai and Abu Dhabi categories - will battle it out using the same set of ingredients plus pantry staples. They will then present a three-course menu to an independent panel of judges, in a challenging time frame. The winner will be announced at our awards on 27th November and will not only take home the title of BBC Good Food ME Chef of the Year but also the prize of a 3-night stay at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali!

Who are the finalists?

  • Alexandre Szkaradkiewicz, Bleu Blanc by David Myers
  • Eric Jung, STK
  • Luigi Vespero, Galvin Dubai
  • Roberto Segura, Waka

Who are our judges?

  • Karl Devlin, Invest Northern Ireland
  • Michael Kitts, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management
  • Francesco Guarracino, Roberto's, Abu Dhabi

Voting will remain open in our other BBC Good Food ME Awards categories until November 8TH
CLICK HERE to cast your vote.

Take a look at the 2018 competition below. The winner will be revealed at The BBC Good Food ME Awards on 27th November.