Updated 25 November 2023
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6 chefs participating at The Michelin Guide’s food fest in Abu Dhabi

6 chefs participating at The Michelin Guide’s food fest in Abu Dhabi

The Michelin Guide announced this week its first regional food festival taking place from Dec. 8 to 10 at the Louvre Abu Dhabi park. Read on for the participating chefs. 

  • Lee Kok Hua

    Lee Kok Hua is the chef behind the first Hakkasan in the Middle East. He is a veteran who has worked at Hakkasan for almost two decades: the first six years in London, followed by 12 years in Abu Dhabi.

  • Luigi Stinga

    The Italian chef and Young Chef Award winner is praised by Michelin Guide inspectors for his eye for detail, impeccable style, generous approach and natural confidence. 

  • Thinus van der Westhuizen

    At the age of 33, Thinus van de Westhuizen is the youngest and the fourth South African chef to have received a Michelin star. He is the chef of 99 Sushi Bar, which was recognized with its first Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Abu Dhabi 2023.

  • Heidi Bjerkan

    Norwegian chef Heidi Bjerkan has earned her status as a pioneer in creating sustainability-driven restaurant models. She sources organic ingredients directly from local farms. 

  • Alvin Leung

    The British-born chef is famous for his innovative cooking style “x-treme Chinese”, where he breaks down Chinese food to its bare essence and reinterprets it in a modern way.

  • Jimmy Lim

    The chef of three-MICHELIN-starred restaurant JL Studio is renowned for the dishes he creates to be sophisticated, understated and always served with an element of surprise.