Chef Essam Nabhan

United Arab Emirates

Name: Chef Essam Nabhan
Age: 40
Nationality: Jordanian
Country of Residence: UAE

1. Your Restaurant/Business: Metro, an all day dining restaurant serving international buffet. We also have Al Mashrabia, the only local restaurant in a 5star hotel in UAE serving indigenous cuisine.

2. About Your Kitchen: It’s been designed as a modern and spacious kitchen, fully equipped with high-tech facilities with 56 Chefs specialising in different authentic cuisines.

3. Your Favorite Chef Works Item: The Enzyme Utility Pants. They are trendy and comfortable to wear.

4. First Job: An apprenticeship in a kitchen.

5. Your Favorite Cookbook: The Happy Herbivore cookbook by Lyndsay Nixon

6. Your Awards: None to speak of.

7. Your Cooking Inspiration: My mom. I admire her hard work in preparing our home-cooked meals.

8. Your Speciality Dish: Salted crust Sea Bass with purple potatoes and broccoli gratin

9. Favorite Dish To Eat: Fried chicken

10. Weirdest Thing You Ever Ate: A Balut – an aged duck egg

11. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Rum & Raisin

12. Favorite Drink: Green Ice cocktail

13. Favorite Wine: NV Paul Masson Burgundy, California, USA

14. Who Would You Most Like To Cook For: I mostly like to cook for my wife who is from the Philippines.

15. Who Would You Least Like To Cook For: As my cooking is my passion, I always feel happy to serve everyone with my God-given talent.

16. Favorite Things To Do When Not Cooking: Bringing my adrenaline down by watching movies and camping.

17. Your Latest Project: Future renovation of Al Mashrabia restaurant to modify the interiors to a more typical local design.

18. Favorite City and Why: Manila, Philippines. I always feel at home as the people are very accommodating and hospitable. The historic scenery is very interesting.

19. Your Greatest Indulgence: My greatest indulgence is traveling to different countries. I am adventurous and like to explore new things, cultures & places.

20. Your All Time Best Culinary Tip: Cooking is a unique art. Do not be afraid to create & innovate new recipes. Remember the sky is the limit.


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