Pro Chef of the Year Award 2023

What is the Pro Chef of the Year award?


The 'Pro Chef of the Year' accolade is an exclusive and exciting category that sets aside the usual industry voting. Instead, it's a sizzling live cooking challenge slated for a showdown at the International Centre for Culinary Arts - ICCA Dubai on December 8, 2023. The crowning moment will unfold at the BBC Good Food Middle East Magazine Awards 2023 gala on January 25, 2024, at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai.

Calling all UAE-based culinary maestros in top-tier positions - Executive Chef, Head Chef, and Chef de Cuisine. It's your time to shine! Whip up some kitchen magic, as you're invited to throw your hat in the ring for this category. Nominate yourself, and our esteemed judges will handpick four outstanding chefs to compete head-to-head for the coveted title of 'Pro Chef of the Year.'

The live cooking challenge on December 8, 2023, is set to be a thrilling mystery ingredient cook-off, sponsored by Bord Bia. Following the culinary magic in the kitchen, a blind tasting session awaits, presided over by a discerning panel of industry experts. The selected chefs will face a three-hour challenge, during which they must craft three delectable courses.

The winner of The Pro Chef of the Year 2023 will be awarded a spectacular two-night stay with breakfast at the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. New York glamour in Bangkok’s business district, the five-star hotel is situated in the heart of the Thai capital, with stunning views across the Bangkok skyline and the exclusive Royal Bangkok Sports Club (RBSC) and golf course.

The culinary creations will be assessed based on the following criteria:





Time Management

Use of Ingredients

The Pro Chef of the Year Culinary Competition 2022 Video

Held at International Centre for Culinary Arts – ICCA Dubai, the chosen chefs had three hours to plan and prepare three courses and were judged on the following criteria: Creativity, Presentation, Taste, Technique, Time management, and Use of Ingredients.

our partners

  • Hosted By
    The Pro Chef ME
  • Organised By
    CPI Media Group
  • Mystery Box Sponsor
  • Strategic Partner
    International Centre for Culinary Arts
  • Prize Sponsor
    Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
    • Official Media Partner
      BBC Good Food ME
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