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Nadiya's Bake Me a Story: The Gingerbread Guy

Event 2 Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain’s Bake Me a Story provides a new twist on fairy tale favourites – by matching them with her recipes so that parents and children can bake together!

In this enchanting storytelling session, Nadiya will share her take on classic tales, with stories including the ‘The Gingerbread Guy’, ‘Jack and the Bean-Patty Stalk’, and ‘Ruby-Red and the Three Bears’.

And what about a demonstration of our favourite baker’s showstopping talent? Nadiya will decorate a Gingerbread Guy on stage and then children will receive a gingerbread man of their own to take home!

To get a taste of what this session is about, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bDqnzi2i18

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

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Pimp My Rice: Lunch with Nisha Katona

Event 151 Friday 3 March, 1pm-3pm Vista, InterContinental

Authors: Nisha Katona
“In the West we treat this grain of grains like a second class citizen. Its cooking techniques confound Western adults when in the East, children can cook it before they can pronounce it.” – Nisha Katona

20 years after making a name for herself as the first female Indian barrister in the North West of the UK, Nisha Katona has exchanged life at the Bar for her lifelong passion for authentic Indian cuisine.

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear how Nisha established a worldwide following through her YouTube channel ‘Twitter Curry Clinics’, became the author of debut cookbook Pimp My Rice and established her restaurant, Mowgli Street Food. Expect to learn why rice deserves more of our attention while tasting recipes from a book which shows off this beloved grain’s best assets.

Dress code: smart/casual.

Language: English

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The Great British Afternoon Tea: with Nadiya Hussain

Event 163 Saturday 4 March, 2.30pm-4pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

"When it's a cake like this, you've got to get the spirit level out." – Nadiya Hussain on baking for Queen Elizabeth II

From the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to Proust’s madeleines, afternoon tea is one of the most celebrated mealtimes in literature. It therefore seems fitting we share it with one of the most celebrated names in baking: 2015 Great British Bake Off Champion, author of cookbooks and contemporary fiction, Nadiya Hussain.

Join us for an afternoon of tea (or coffee), cake and conversation as you listen to Nadiya discuss Bake Off, Buckingham Palace and beyond in her unforgettable journey from family kitchen to overnight superstar.

If you enjoy a delicious success story, the elegance of afternoon tea, or simply love cake, this is the event for you… whichever way you slice it.

Seating: Tables of 10.

For group bookings please book together to ensure that you are seated together.

Language: English

The Great British Afternoon Tea: with Nadiya Hussain

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Spices on the Silk Roads: A Supper Club Discussion

Event 145 Wednesday 8 March, 7pm-9pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

If you want to experience first-hand the workings of cultural exchange, then look no further than your plate! Join us for a lively discussion about food and how it shaped the world, accompanied by a three course meal.

Sabrina Ghayour’s Sirocco – the inspiration for the evening’s recipes – was named for the wind that blows from East to West, a title that symbolises her approach to cooking and the historic spice trade that was an integral part of the global economy for generations and which shaped global cuisines.

Ghayour is joined by Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads and a historian of the globalisation that occurred along ancient trade routes.

Dress code: smart/casual.

Language: English

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With Chef B: Cooking Up Success

Event 183 Friday 10 March, 6pm-7pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Bader Najeeb
If you were passionate about your career but society didn’t approve, would you just give up on your dream, or would you do something new – and maybe change people’s minds?

Emirati Chef Bader Najeeb chose to stand up to the stereotype that cooking is ‘only for women’. When he was just 14 years old he began learning recipes from his mother and from YouTube videos, and later cooking lessons from the head chef in the Jumeriah Zabeel Saray hotel. When he started sharing his distinctive Emirati-inspired cooking through social media he rapidly became a sensation.

Since then, he has participated in food festivals and begun hosting the TV shows With Bader and Sukar Ziyadat.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

With Chef B: Cooking Up Success

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What’s Cooking?: The Business of Food

Event 123 Saturday 11 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Are you a budding Nigella or are your culinary skills lacking a few ingredients? Either way, you’re in luck! We just so happen to have a panel of food entrepreneurs who have turned their love of cooking into successful businesses – come along to hear their inspiring stories and get some tasty tips along the way!

Nawal Alnuaimi is an Emirati entrepreneur and self-taught chef who founded Paper Fig with her husband in 2015 and has seen the 'sweet retreat' grow to become Sharjah's ultimate foodie destination – serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, speciality coffee & tea, and artisanal desserts to Paper Fig's many fans. Nawal is also currently working on a special Paper Fig cookbook to launch in early 2018.

Dalia Dogmoch Soubra is a Syrian-German food author, presenter and entrepreneur based in Dubai, where she is Harper's Bazaar Arabia's food editor. She founded the Kitsch Bakery and Café in Beirut and wrote the bestselling cookbook Food, Love and Life from Dalia's Kitchen.

Sabrina Ghayour is a self-taught chef, teacher and cookbook author who found fame with her hugely popular supper club Sabrina’s Kitchen in London. She is a regular face on British Television and her two cookbooks, the award-winning Persiana and bestselling Sirocco, have received critical acclaim for ‘demystifying’ Middle Eastern food for Western food-lovers.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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