Saudi chef puts Kingdom’s delicacies top of the menu

Pastry chef Mayada Badr. (Supplied)
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Updated 29 July 2020

Saudi chef puts Kingdom’s delicacies top of the menu

JEDDAH: A Saudi woman chef is turning her love of food into a global adventure.

Mayada Badr is an international chef and CEO of Saudi Arabia’s Culinary Arts Commission, which aims to bring young talents to the international table.

The commission also helps preserve Saudi culinary techniques by identifying, coding and listing traditional recipes.

Even after getting a formal degree, Badr wanted to learn more about the culinary arts, so she spent three years studying for a grand diploma at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris.

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The Saudi Ministry of Culture has set up 11 cultural commissions to promote and manage each cultural sector in the Kingdom.

She then decided to broaden her experience working with acclaimed chef Jacques Chibois at his two-star Michelin restaurant in Grasse, north of Cannes.

Badr’s instincts as a chef and her training with Chibois have made her one of the most accomplished chefs in Saudi Arabia.

Now she is excited to see Saudi cuisine finding a place at the international table.

The Kingdom has many flavorful delights just waiting to be enjoyed, Badr said. She offers something as simple as dates as an example, saying there is a huge variety available in Saudi Arabia while only two or three are known internationally.

Badr looks forward to turning her passion into a movement that may change the culinary history of the Kingdom.


What We Are Eating Today: Cheese Taste

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Updated 08 August 2020

What We Are Eating Today: Cheese Taste

  • One of the best things about the shop is how well they treat their customers, offering to let them try different things while the visitor comes to a final decision

Looking at the Cheese Taste shop in Al-Safa district, Jeddah, I never expected the delicious treats that waited inside. It looks like a regular small-scale bakery, but stepping into the little shop and trying out their products was a new discovery.
Their pastries are of high quality and presented to visitors in two different sizes. The variety is mind-blowing — everything from plain chocolate cakes to carrot cakes.
Their carrot cakes are some of the best I have had. One of my other favorites is their strawberry tarts, which are a perfect combination of a crisp base, a creamy-smooth filling and glazed strawberries.
One of the best things about the shop is how well they treat their customers, offering to let them try different things while the visitor comes to a final decision.
The prices are also very low — amazing because they don’t reflect the quality of the products.