Balancing passion and perseverance, Saudi chef serves up creative fusion of flavors wherever he goes

Saudi chef Abdulrahman Enani’s secret in the kitchen is simple: ‘cooking with love and respect for ingredients.’ (Supplied)
Saudi chef Abdulrahman Enani’s secret in the kitchen is simple: ‘cooking with love and respect for ingredients.’ (Supplied)
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Updated 13 September 2023
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Balancing passion and perseverance, Saudi chef serves up creative fusion of flavors wherever he goes

Saudi chef Abdulrahman Enani’s secret in the kitchen is simple: ‘cooking with love and respect for ingredients.’ (Supplied)
  • Enani is the chef behind Jeddah’s renowned taco truck “Caliente,” which he said is “a testament to my adaptability and innovation

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Abdulrahman Enani may have humble beginnings as a dishwasher but his work ethic and creativity have seen him work at top restaurants and privately for clients in the US, the UAE and the Kingdom.

Enani told Arab News during a recent interview: “It is important to be a humble student with discipline, dedication, and understand the why behind your culinary pursuits. These principles have become the bedrock of my success.”




His taco truck Caliente was inspired by the American film ‘chef.’ (Supplied)

He has a passion for pop-up dinners and his first in San Francisco was memorable because of the presence of the head chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant. “This event marked a significant milestone as I have crafted and executed a menu that impressed seasoned chefs, demonstrating my culinary prowess.”

Enani is the chef behind Jeddah’s renowned taco truck “Caliente,” which he said is “a testament to my adaptability and innovation. Born during the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea was inspired by the American comedy-drama movie ‘Chef.’”

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• Abdulrahman Enani is the chef behind Jeddah’s renowned taco truck Caliente.

• He began his culinary career as a humble dishwasher.

• Enani now works for high-end restaurants and private clients in the US, the UAE and the Kingdom.

• He hosts regular cooking classes and workshops.

• He is a consulting chef at Infuse Advisory, where a new culinary concept for Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture is being produced.

The truck not only served as a source of income but also as a platform to educate the community about food, flavors and ingredients, setting it apart from other food trucks in the region.

“My specialization in Latin and Asian cuisines, influenced by my family and mentors, has shaped my cooking style,” he said.

The contrasts between the two cuisines inspires him: “I appreciate the finesse in Japanese cuisine and the authenticity in Latin cuisines, I believe that their juxtaposition creates a perfect balance in the world of food, offering a genuinely elegant dining experience.”

Enani was featured in the American reality TV cooking competition “Top Chef.” He has sharpened his culinary skills in South America and also taken cooking courses in California.

I’m truly enjoying the opportunity to explore and immerse myself in the fascinating world of Saudi cuisine.

Abdulrahman Enani, Saudi chef

Enani’s love for food is deeply rooted in his family, particularly his mother. “Her curiosity for ingredients, creativity, and the way she tastes food at all stages have significantly influenced my cooking style. Additionally, working with Michelin-starred chefs in San Francisco instilled in me the importance of taste, cleanliness, organization and forward-thinking.”

He believes that a well-trained cook can create magic for consumers: “Knowledge represents the database of information, flavors and techniques, while feelings encompass creativity, love and confidence. Balancing these elements allows a chef to create exceptional dishes that resonate with diners.”




Saudi chef Abdulrahman Enani’s secret in the kitchen is simple: ‘cooking with love and respect for ingredients.’ (Supplied)

Enani also draws inspiration from top chefs including Denmark’s Rene Redzepi, Roy Choi who is the creator of the Korean-Mexican taco truck Kogi, and the late Anthony Bourdain. These culinary legends have left a lasting impact on Enani’s journey.

His secret in the kitchen is simple: “Cooking with love and respect for ingredients.”

For example, he said that “seasonal radishes from a local farmer are served with flavored butter, showcasing the respect for the ingredients’ natural beauty.”




Saudi chef Abdulrahman Enani’s secret in the kitchen is simple: ‘cooking with love and respect for ingredients.’ (Supplied)

Enani is determined to pass on his knowledge and holds regular cooking classes and workshops. To promote sustainable cooking, he has worked with institutions including King Abdullah University for Science and Technology.

He also works for clients in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the US: “As a private chef, you get the chance to make someone’s occasion even more memorable. Food plays a big role in private events and I loved contributing and sharing my passion and creativity, and of course most of all that smile I seek to see on people’s faces after they try my dishes.”




Saudi chef Abdulrahman Enani’s secret in the kitchen is simple: ‘cooking with love and respect for ingredients.’ (Supplied)

Enani is currently a consulting chef at Infuse Advisory, where a new culinary concept for Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture is being produced.

“I’m truly enjoying the opportunity to explore and immerse myself in the fascinating world of Saudi cuisine,” he added.

To young chefs, particularly those starting in entry-level positions, Enani has simple advice: “Always be humble, as learning is a lifelong journey in the culinary world.”

 


Saudi Real Estate Registry clinches prestigious Esri GIS Award

Saudi Real Estate Registry clinches prestigious Esri GIS Award
Updated 22 July 2024
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Saudi Real Estate Registry clinches prestigious Esri GIS Award

Saudi Real Estate Registry clinches prestigious Esri GIS Award
  • Accolade, awarded at the international Esri User Conference in the US, recognizes the registry’s innovative application of geographic information system technology
  • RER CEO Mohammed Al-Sulaiman: It supports our vision of creating a comprehensive real estate registry for all property data and information in the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi Real Estate Registry has been honored with the 2024 Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award, presented by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The accolade, awarded at the international Esri User Conference in the US, recognizes the registry’s innovative application of geographic information system technology.

According to the SPA, Mohammed Al-Sulaiman, CEO of the Saudi Real Estate Registry, received the award from Esri CEO Jack Dangermond, highlighting the organization’s exceptional use of spatial technologies and AI-supported geospatial data predictive analysis. The registry has developed a detailed geospatial map of Saudi Arabia’s real estate using ArcGIS and Esri technologies.

“This award confirms our world-class implementation of GIS technologies,” Al-Sulaiman said. “It supports our vision of creating a comprehensive real estate registry for all property data and information in the Kingdom, with geospatial surveying as the foundation for property registration.”

Since its inception, the Real Estate Registry has employed a range of advanced technologies in executing geospatial operations, including drones, digital geospatial solutions and systems, remote sensing, AI and satellite-based GPS, the SPA reported.

The registry aims to produce a reliable and updated real estate map, the first of its kind in the Kingdom, covering more than 100,000 sq. km of urban areas, encompassing 8 million plots and generating 5,000 terabytes of data.

Al-Sulaiman said that the initiative will enhance transparency and reliability in the real estate sector, ensuring its sustainability, and boosting its investment appeal and contribution to Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product, in line with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.


Last group of Hajj pilgrims leaves via Madinah airport

Hajj pilgrims depart from Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport on Sunday evening. (SPA)
Hajj pilgrims depart from Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport on Sunday evening. (SPA)
Updated 22 July 2024
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Last group of Hajj pilgrims leaves via Madinah airport

Hajj pilgrims depart from Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport on Sunday evening. (SPA)
  • 320 pilgrims departed the holy city for Kertajati, Indonesia and a farewell ceremony was held for them by Saudia

RIYADH: The last group of Hajj pilgrims left the Kingdom via Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport on Sunday evening.

320 pilgrims departed the holy city for Kertajati, Indonesia and a farewell ceremony was held for them by Saudia, concluding its operations for Hajj 2024.

Saudia flights provided quality services to enhance the Hajj experience of pilgrims this year, including various educational programs in different languages, Saudi Press Agency reported.


Jeddah’s Historic District celebrates 10 years on UNESCO World Heritage List

Jeddah’s Historic District celebrates 10 years on UNESCO World Heritage List
Updated 22 July 2024
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Jeddah’s Historic District celebrates 10 years on UNESCO World Heritage List

Jeddah’s Historic District celebrates 10 years on UNESCO World Heritage List

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Historic District Program celebrated the 10th anniversary of the district’s inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The district was inscribed on the list in 2014 in recognition of its outstanding universal value.

According to a statement, the program oversaw the regeneration and preservation of the district’s cultural and urban heritage, transforming it into a global destination aligned with Saudi Vision 2030.

Historic Jeddah spans an area of 2.5 sq. km along the Red Sea coast. Serving as a major port for pilgrims arriving in Makkah and a hub for global trade routes between Asia and Africa since the 7th century, the district has been a center of cultural and economic exchange for centuries.

According to UNESCO’s criteria for inscribing the Historic Jeddah district on the World Heritage List, the area fulfills three key requirements — representing an important interchange of human values over time, being an outstanding example of a type of building or architectural ensemble, and being directly associated with events, living traditions, or artistic works of outstanding universal significance.

Facing numerous challenges, such as the need to save dilapidated buildings and improve infrastructure while preserving the area’s historical and cultural character, the program has implemented various projects within the framework of the regeneration plan. These efforts have enriched the visitor experience and enhanced the district as an attractive tourist destination, according to the statement.

The Jeddah Historic District Program has established four main pillars for the district’s restoration efforts: intangible cultural heritage, archaeology and excavation (the wall and historic gates), urban fabric (markets, squares, and streets), and historic buildings (houses, mosques, and endowments).

The program has also set standards for the preservation of the area’s heritage, including the use of traditional materials and the maintenance of original building heights.


Madinah Book Fair commences on July 30

Madinah Book Fair commences on July 30
Updated 22 July 2024
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Madinah Book Fair commences on July 30

Madinah Book Fair commences on July 30

Jeddah: The third Madinah Book Fair will take place from July 30 to Aug. 5, the Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission announced on Monday.

The Saudi Press Agency reported that the event promises to be a cultural extravaganza, featuring over 300 Arab and international publishing houses and agencies spread across more than 200 booths.

Mohammed Hasan Alwan, CEO of the commission, emphasized the significance of the fair, highlighting the continuous support the cultural sector receives.

He said the event showcases the cultural importance of Madinah and its role in enhancing the artistic movement and the Kingdom’s growing status in the publishing industry.

The fair has become an annual event, attracting thousands of visitors from all walks of life.

Alwan explained that the commission has ensured the latest edition provides a rich and integrated knowledge experience for visitors of all ages, building on the remarkable successes of previous fairs.

According to SPA, the Madinah Book Fair aims to be a cultural platform that encourages the community to take an interest in reading, highlighting the talents of Saudi writers and creators while attracting prominent writers and publishers from the Kingdom, the region, and the world.

The fair will feature cultural and intellectual activities aimed at enriching the cultural sector and knowledge production, promoting a reading culture.

A significant area is dedicated to children, offering educational and skill-based activities and workshops that boost children’s creative abilities.

The Madinah Book Fair announced the start of visitor registration for free entry tickets through the Discover Culture platform at: ‏https://dc.moc.gov.sa/home/ar/event-tickets/379/almadinah-book-fair-2024/


Saudi, North Macedonia to strengthen Islamic affairs cooperation

Saudi, North Macedonia to strengthen Islamic affairs cooperation
Updated 22 July 2024
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Saudi, North Macedonia to strengthen Islamic affairs cooperation

Saudi, North Macedonia to strengthen Islamic affairs cooperation
  • The pact was inked by Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Albania Faisal bin Ghazi Hefzi and representatives of the Presidency of the Islamic Union of North Macedonia

RIYADH: The Kingdom and North Macedonia have signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation on Islamic affairs, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

The pact was inked by Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Albania Faisal bin Ghazi Hefzi and representatives of the Presidency of the Islamic Union of North Macedonia.

Hefzi also serves as non-resident ambassador to North Macedonia, and was representing the Kingdom’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance.

In a press statement after the signing ceremony, Hefzi said the Kingdom supports all efforts to ensure peace and prosperity for Muslims worldwide.

The signing ceremony took place on Sunday in the Macedonian capital, Skopje, and was attended by various government representatives.