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The inaugural Open Fire Food Festival by Steve Harvey announced its partnership with the International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) through a special day of cookery-themed activities featuring professional chefs and ICCA students

Presented by MELT Middle East, a collaboration between OWS Capital and Steve Harvey Global, the festival, set to take place at Yas Marina Circuit on February 24-25, boasts a lineup of barbecue experts, including World Barbecue Champion Melissa Cookston, self-taught expert Moe Cason, and best-selling author Steven Raichlen.

In celebration of this partnership, the festival engaged UAE Barbecue Champion Fred ‘Smoking Beards’ Casagrande, Emirati chef Aysha Al Obeidli, and aspiring chefs from ICCA, underscoring its commitment to both the event’s success and the advancement of Abu Dhabi’s culinary landscape, as emphasized by the festival’s host, American celebrity Steve Harvey.

The festival’s host, American celebrity Steve Harvey, said: “We are hugely excited to showcase these exceptional culinary talents as we prepare to make history and elevate Abu Dhabi’s fast-growing reputation as a global food destination by bringing the very best of open-flame cooking to the community here. Abu Dhabi is a unique destination, one which draws me back again and again to hosting events like this, thanks to the city’s unique blend of culinary diversity and warm Emirati hospitality.”

Frenchman Casagrande demonstrated his open-flame cooking prowess with a southern-style BBQ showcase for ICCA students, offering a preview of the culinary delights to expect at the upcoming Open Fire Food Festival. Following this, the students took to the grill to craft an array of delectable barbecue dishes, setting high expectations for their participation in cooking demonstrations at the festival and promising attendees a taste of sizzling creations.

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