WWE stars show off cooking skills in ‘Social Kitchen’

Rhyno and Heath Slater cooking their steaks under the supervision of Basma El-Khereiji in her ‘Social Kitchen’ ahead of the official opening of the restaurant. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 01 May 2018
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WWE stars show off cooking skills in ‘Social Kitchen’

  • The stars took part in a steak-cooking session at Jeddah's Social Kitchen
  • Slater was thrilled to be a part of the session and said that he was enjoying his trip to Jeddah

JEDDAH: WWE stars Rhyno and Heath Slater participated in a steak-cooking session in Jeddah on Thursday under the supervision of “Social Kitchen” restaurant owner Basma El-Khereiji.

The guests were warmly welcomed by the chef. 

“I started in marketing and advertising but I didn’t like it so then I decided to pursue food as my career because that is what makes me happy,” she told them.

 

Food stories

Rhyno and Slater then grabbed their cooking gear and followed the chef’s instructions throughout the session.

The wrestlers were thrilled as they chatted and shared their food stories while they grilled their steaks. 

“I will definitely make this for my family once I go back home,” Heath said.

When their steaks were done they made gnocchi pasta, made with potatoes. Rhino was thrilled as he is from an Italian background. 

When they were finished cooking, the WWE stars presented their dishes to the chef for tasting and judging. She tried both dishes and decided it was a tie. 

Basma El-Khereiji guides Heath Slater. (AN photo)

“I have learned so much today thanks to chef Basma,” Slater said.

“I can handle both of them pretty well I think; This proves size doesn’t matter,” El-Khereiji  joked.

Slater was thrilled to be a part of the session and said that he was enjoying his trip to Jeddah. “The people have been great so far, they are very warm and welcoming,” he said.

Later, when the wrestlers were finished with their food, they chatted with the audience and took pictures with fans.

The restaurant is soon to open officially and the first guests could not have been more special for Basma.

“I had a great time with the wrestlers and hopefully you will come and have a great meal too,” she said in a message to the people of Jeddah.


“World’s largest book sale” comes to Middle East at giant hangar in Dubai

Updated 18 October 2018
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“World’s largest book sale” comes to Middle East at giant hangar in Dubai

  • The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, launched in Kuala Lumpur in 2009, has since regularly toured Asian cities
  • Organizers hope to attract as many as 300,000 visitors during 11 days in Dubai
DUBAI: A gargantuan touring book sale that touts itself as the world’s largest is making its first stop in the Middle East, filling a huge hangar in Dubai with stacks of 3 million discounted books, open around the clock.
The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, launched in Kuala Lumpur in 2009, has since regularly toured Asian cities including Jakarta, Manila, Cebu, Colombo, Bangkok and Taipei. Organizers hope to attract as many as 300,000 visitors during 11 days in Dubai.
Founder Andrew Yap said he expects the sheer number of books will lure in punters.
“In a mature market like Dubai, this will give variety to readers,” he told Reuters.
Roudha Al Marri, an Emirati co-author of a guide to life in the UAE whose own book was on sale at the fair, said a city such as Dubai needed such an event to help spur reading among a “tablet generation” preoccupied with screens.
“To hold a book, smell it, to return us to more beautiful days, to throw us into mazes of stories. Every generation needs this,” she said.