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Raffles Makkah Palace Chef takes centre stage as Best Chef of the Year

Thursday, January 19, 2012

[Makkah – 14 December 2011] Said Hassanein from Raffles Makkah Palace bagged the global “Chef of the year Award” by presenting culinary excellence at MENA regional Awards and winning the “Best Chef of the year “and thereby qualifying and winning the second position as the Best chef in the world. The competition was organized by Unilever Food Solutions and the winning was announced at a splendid ceremony in Gateway, Durban South Africa lately to showcase The Best of the Best Chefs and caterers globally.

The Awards held at Durban attracted local and international talent, as talented chefs competed. Chef “Said Hassanein”, the senior chef at Raffles Makkah Palace was chosen amongst the final few to showcase his ultimate culinary magnificence gained through wide international expertise that helped him bag the winning title at the culinary competition.

At this momentous occasion, Chef Said said “I am glad to receive this award and I would like to thank my family at Raffles Makkah Palace for their endless support in the contest.” He also added, “Cooking is my passion and when it comes to ingredients and menus, I tend to blend together my international techniques with the local flavors to craft finest and most sumptuous meals.” Said also believes in using fresh ingredients constantly, and identifying the taste for the guest’s needs.”

The food was tasted, marked and monitored by panel of well-known highly experienced International Chefs who are members in the South African Chef’s accession and world Chef’s accessions WACS Germany. Said Hassanein qualified numerous rounds to enter the finalists’ category that required showcasing talent based on creativity and competitive spirit.

The relentless pursuit of service excellence has earned Raffles Makkah Palace a legion of international accolades. The opulent culinary experience is one of a kind at Raffles Makkah Palace that is brought together by world class chefs such as Said Hassanein. Residents are tempted to enjoy the exciting dining experiences offered at, “Al Qasr” for eastern, western and international favorites. The “Narjes” Tea Lounge presents its patrons with gourmet teas, coffees and freshly baked produce while Al “Majlis” takes its guests on a culinary tour of Mediterranean specialties. For sweet gourmets, The Creamery is a must with its custom-made Teppanyaki Ice cream served indoors or outside on the Terrace, overlooking the Grand Mosque.

Further information:
Ahmad Ghazi, Telephone: +966546011111, email:
Diab F. Nassar, Telephone: +545526466, email

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