Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa holds another successful Biryani Muqabla

Press release
Published October 15th, 2015 - 05:54 GMT

Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa, located in the heart of the ancient cultural district of Dubai, recently hosted the 9th Annual Biryani Muqabala, a live cooking competition sponsored by award winning Mumtaz Mahal Restaurant.

Ms Nabila Waqar was declared top winner with her entry of Maan Pasand Biryani dish followed by Zareen Ahmed and Jharna Prakash Alwani as runners-up. The winning recipes will be featured as a Mumtaz Mahal Restaurant special menu and diners will have a chance to taste the delectable dish.

The Judges for the contest were renowned food critics, writer and chef namely Ms Hannah Joji- food blogger, Mr Rakesh Puri, CEO of Sterling Perfumes and Cook Book writer, Fatma Tas- food blogger and Chef. Glen Ferdinand, Executive Chef of Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa, who selected the top three winners from the 09 chosen candidates out of 250 entries forms received

This year’s winning recipe is Maan Pasand Biryani which will be part of award-winning Mumtaz Mahal restaurant menu, followed by Chicken Charga Biryani and Veg Methi Muttur Biryani. 

Habib Khan, General Manager of Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa, said “We are delighted to hold this special event and warmly congratulate the participants and the winners. The creativity and dedication observed by these participants while cooking is remarkable and according to me all of them are the winners. We started this contest 9 years ago with an aim to reach out to all the aspiring chefs especially house wives and people who take pride in exhibiting their culinary skills to a larger audience. We are proud to say that every year the magnitude of the contest is growing and exceeding our expectations with a record number of entries for participation.”

The variety of contest dishes included Maan Pasand Biryani which will be part of award-winning Mumtaz Mahal restaurant menu, followed by Chicken Charga Biryani, Super Prawnilicious Biryani, Dhuan Daar Moti Bahar Biryani, Kizhi Biryani, Chicken Tikka Biryani, Maa Ke Haath Ki Biryani, Super Prawnilicious Biryani and Veg Methi Muttur Biryani. The participants demonstrated exceptional culinary skills in the four-hour cooking contest on the final day.

The Competition was officially sponsored by Malabar Gold and Diamond Jewelers, one of the oldest gold and diamond jewelry traders in the Middle East region.

Background Information

Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa

Set in the historic heart of Dubai, Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa is inspired by old Dubai’s heritage it offers a unique experience which is a combination of warm Arabic hospitality and state-of-the-art amenities designed to cater to both tourists and business travelers. It is opposite Dubai Museum and is a stone’s throw-away from the famous Dubai Creek and the timeless Souk Al Kabir, more commonly known as Meena Bazaar.  At a walking distance to Historic Bastakiya, Bank Street, Diplomatic Area, Computer Street and Port Rashid, this hotel is just 6 kilometers away from Dubai International Airport. It offers a splendid accommodation of 173 tastefully furnished rooms, including 41 executive rooms and 23 suites with non-smoking and interconnecting rooms also available. The hotel offers all business services and conference / meeting rooms as well as a variety of dining options. A fully equipped health club, temperature controlled swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and a Wellness Spa complete the picture.

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