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