MasterChef Arabia is rocketing toward its conclusion and the remaining contestants nerves are at breaking point – but they wouldn’t trade the experience for anything!
The show has already been a life-changing opportunity for the contestants since its Middle-Eastern debut on STV1 in February, and it’s also expected to change the lives of the audience as well – encouraging viewers to follow their own passions into the hospitality market in Saudi Arabia, which is expected to be worth $93bn within the next five years.
“The whole experience has exceeded my wildest expectations,” said Afnan Al Jaadi. “This whole journey has been tremendous fun and the judges have been extremely generous with their advice and guidance,” Afnan added.
Her thoughts were echoed by fellow contestant Bader Al Sheikh who said, “My goal now is to become a full-time chef and hopefully have my own restaurant and catering business. This would never have been possible without MasterChef Arabia showing me the possibilities that exist in the field of cooking.”
Five chefs remain in the competition to become the world’s first MasterChef Arabia. But whilst there can only be one winner, each remaining contestant has hailed the experience of taking part in the soaring success that is MasterChef Arabia.
Contestant Youssef Dwuili summed it up well: “I came on the show not knowing what impact it would have on me. I loved cooking at home but now I have learnt so much about food and cooking through my short time on MasterChef Arabia, it has whetted my appetite for so much more.”
The judging panel comprising Hafedh Kohaji, Yasser Jad and Badr Fayez have nothing but praise for the final five, stressing that each of them have what it takes to pursue a career as a professional chef.
This week, the contestants cut their teeth at Dubai’s stunning Atlantis Hotel, creating a sushi dish after a demonstration by elite executive chef Michio Iwata. The teams then took breakfast orders from 100 rooms and faced criticism from some very particular judges – the hotel guests.
We said goodbye to Abdelbedih Hawassawi and Shaza Al Husseini who both performed admirably throughout the series but failed in the latest elimination round.
Mastery of the mystery box will continue to be a bugbear of the MasterChef Arabia hopefuls. Next time they’re in the kitchen the contestants will select preferred ingredients for the dishes they’re set to cook – but a sudden swap could be on the cards.
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