United Arab EmiratesName: 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:
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.