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Leading UAE Chefs Educated on Versatility of US Beef

17 July 2017

UAE - More than 70 chefs from some of the finest hotels, restaurants and catering services in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) learned how to utilise alternative cuts of US beef in a variety of ways at training workshops arranged by USMEF. Funded by the Beef Checkoff Programme, separate workshops were held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dubai and at The Club in Abu Dhabi.


Chefs and culinary students in the United Arab Emirates learn to prepare alternate cuts of US beef [Photo: USMEF]

USMEF partnered with the Emirates Culinary Guild to conduct the trainings, which also included about 20 culinary school students who were educated on the quality attributes of US beef and the versatility and value of underutilized beef cuts.

The workshops were led by Bassam Bousaleh and Rasha Al Awar, USMEF representatives in the region, along with Chef Uwe Micheel, director of kitchens at Radisson Blu and president of the Emirates Culinary Guild in Dubai. Chef Peter de Kauwe, executive chef at The Club, led the workshop there.


The workshops included an overview of USMEF and the US beef industry, along with information on underutilized beef cuts [Photo: USMEF]

Attendees heard an overview of USMEF and the US beef industry, including a description of US inspection and safety standards and grading systems. They also received an explanation of the variety of US beef cuts available and a description of different cooking applications for the cuts.

“Versatility of US beef was one of the main points, and the chefs explained the different cutting techniques and cooking tips that can be applied when preparing beef dishes,” said Mr Bousaleh. “The sessions also emphasized the profitability of using underutilized US beef cuts without sacrificing the consistency in quality and flavor of the meat.”

To allow them to use what they had learned at the Radisson Blu workshop, organizers grouped the chefs into five teams and challenged them to prepare beef recipes – main courses and appetizers – based on the information presented. Beef kabobs, beef stroganoff, fajitas, beef sliders and beef asparagus rolls were among the resulting dishes. A brief quiz solidified their understanding of the topics covered.

At The Club, a live cooking demonstration showcased numerous underutilized cuts of US beef, including hanging tender, brisket, flank and chuck. This was followed by a tasting session in which chefs experienced the distinct tenderness and flavor of US beef.

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