The versatility of the well known delicacy called Greenlip Abalone inspired Top Chef’s Chef Christophe Prudhomme (Executive Chef Al Bustan Rotana Hotel) and Chef Jordi Servalls Bonilla (Executive Sous Chef Marriott Harbour Hotel & Residence) to create new signature dishes prepared especially to celebrate the introduction of this first class mollusc to the Gulf Region by Western Australian Abalone Ltd. today at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai.
“Abalones are highly sought after by Chinese and Japanese Chefs for sushi and other Asian dishes, it is so versatile you can create a lot of culinary masterpieces from it - also European dishes”, says Chef Christophe Prudhomme, who created 15 surprising new dishes tasted by more than twenty chefs from upper level restaurants participating in workshops spearheaded by Chef Christophe PrudHomme and Chef Jordi Servalls Bonilla. During the workshops the culinary colleagues discussed the interesting possibilities of incorporating Abalones into their cuisine.
Besides the much appreciated support from the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel and its sister hotels across the United Arab Emirates, the Chefs of the following hotels & restaurants participated in the workshops Sheraton, Radisson Blu, The Edge, The Capital Club, Courtyard Marriott, Kitsune, Cavalli Club, Dubai Golf Creek, Raffles and many more.
“Abalone is a type of shellfish, a gastropod mollusk”, explains Tony Howard, Chief Executive Officer of WAA. “The inside of a shell is brilliantly coloured with iridescent blues, greens and pinks. The meat of this mollusk is considered a delicacy in certain parts of Latin America (especially Chile), France, New Zealand, South East Asia, and East Asia (especially in China, Japan, and Korea). What is Caviar to the Russians, is Abalone to the Chinese. It is considered a luxury item, and is traditionally reserved for special occasions such as weddings and other celebrations. Receiving an Abalone gift back for Chinese New year is the highest honour one can receive in Chinese Culinary Culture”.
Western Australian Abalone Ltd. (WAA) produces first grade greenlip abalone from the pristine waters of southern Western Australia. They have created a world class facility that is producing large quantities of premium grade green lip abalone to supply the ever increasing demand for high quality abalone. They successfully supply to the Australian domestic market and export to Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China and now as well to the Gulf region.
For the distribution of the Greenlip Abalone for the Gulf Region, WAA partnered up with SAHAM Hospitality Supply Chain services, a service provider and one-stop-shop situated in Al Quoz, Dubai, part of the Belselah Group of Companies. The office will have stock available year round to cater for short notice deliveries of abalone products throughout the Gulf region
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