Culinary Triumph

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha’s talented kitchen team scooped an array of awards at the Qatar Chefs Challenge 2024.

The seventh edition of the Qatar Culinary Professionals (QCP) Corporate Roadshow encompassed a dynamic gathering of professionals, exchanging knowledge, expertise and achievements with the Qatar Chefs Challenge presenting a highly esteemed culinary competition. It was supported and endorsed by Worldchefs, an international organisation dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisines.

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha’s chefs were excited to take part in the Qatar Chefs Challenge 2024, which offers a competitive forum to showcase the skills and abilities of professionals from all over the world, with a particular focus on food safety, waste reduction and sustainability.

Receiving four separate awards, Chef Ala’ Haytham al Qassis excelled by being named Best Pastry Chef of the Year 2024, as well as being honoured with the gold medal for Modern Dessert Live Cooking and Best Chef in Category. His Afternoon Tea took home a silver medal, while his Asian Plated Dessert took bronze. Accomplished Chef Paul Onipe struck silver with his Live Cooking Signature Lamb Dish and Live Cooking Black Box.

The competition also saw gold medal-lists Chef Moath Nasrallah Nasrallah winning in the Arabic Mazzeh and Best Chef in Category and Chef Zefanya Vega Felesita competing in the Pastry Showpiece and both excelling in their chosen fields. The Live Cooking Special Fried Rice event honoured Chef Imelda Silvia with a silver medal, while Chef Muhammad Jamalul proved his skills in the Individual Ice Carving competition, gaining a well-deserved bronze place.

General Manager, Carlo Javakhia had high praise for the team saying: “I am delighted, though not surprised, that our culinary team has accomplished such a great haul of awards. At The Ritz-Carlton, Doha we are always endeavouring to attain the highest standards and have long been renowned as the consummate dining destination. Our chefs are a highly skilled, dexterous and dedicated cohort who bring knowledge, passion and talent to every gastronomic moment. I am thrilled that this is evident, not only on property, but in such a tough competitive environment. We couldn’t be prouder.” ✤

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