Cooking teaches us a lot about the culture of a country. Qatar 365 often tested local payments in the first Qatari tourist destinations, followed by a masterclass with a famous chef and explored the latest innovations in gastronomy.
Shams Al Qassabi Restaurant, Shay AlShomous, clothing is also the best location for tourists. This mother of five is the first woman to run a business in Souq Waqif. “I worked hard day and night before I got there.” Shams Al Qassabi explains. “I wrote two books and put only recipes that were invented by our ancestors and are part of our heritage and culture. “ she explains.
At the other end of the city, Chef Aisha Al Tamimi is preparing a feast, especially her famous lamb “machbous”. Her taste for cooking was born out of a necessity: when she got married at the age of 15, she had to start cooking for her family and discovered a passion for it.
Today, she presents culinary shows on television. This former teacher has written several cookbooks.
At Cooking Academy, it was created to be a place where you share your knowledge. Since opening in 2019, the facility has welcomed 3,000 children and 1,000 eager adults „To learn and appreciate the art of cooking” according to the motto of the academy.
A cooking class with Captain Chef
Hassan Al Ibrahim has been flying for almost two decades. Moreover, during this time, he never lost his passion for cooking by visiting local restaurants or tasting specialties with street vendors all over the world. Today, the one who calls himself Captain Chef tells us that his second life has its origins in traditional Qatari dishes.
“We rely primarily on one thing: the aroma of spices,” he remarks. “Our kitchen may not have more than 10 or 15 dishes,” he continues, “But they are specific: they are mixtures of different cultures from here and there. That’s what Qatari cuisine is all about.” he points out.
Le jeune chef considers gastronomy to be an art that reflects the culture of a country and the story of a family history, of amis, of souvenirs, of moments and holidays.
Digital culinary innovations
The gastronomic culture of Qatar is developing along original paths.
At the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Le Petit Chef offers a menu of four virtues and physical plates, which tells us in the form of visual projections on the plate, the story of a little cartoon chef attelle à la préparation de ces mets. For the second dish, for example, it is seen fishing for fish in the sea.
“It’s a fantastic experience and in the end he will be able to present his dish without a hitch, without making any mistakes,” explains Sumid Sharma, supervisor at the Ritz-Carlton.
The result is in the form of an entree, a main course accompanied by a whole series of accompaniments and a dessert is a spectacular visual and gustatory show.
Au Iksha360, another trendy restaurant, can enjoy a gastronomic experience while enjoying the vue à couper le souffle sur Doha, Losail and The Pearl, a luxurious artificial island in the West Bay district.
This former roof terrace, once open to all winds, has been transformed into a panoramic attraction that has three concepts: a “Cigar Lounge” on the 40th floor, an intimate restaurant on the 41st and a “Tearoom Lounge” or 42nd with its Jungle aesthetic under the sky and its original cuisine from South Asia.
A chef walks through the latter space with his trolley and bell to serve appetizers and traditional drinks incorporating the latest gourmet innovations. Although the restaurant confirms that it serves VIPs and members of the royal family, the wide range of dishes is suitable for all those who enjoy fine cuisine while admiring the panoramic view.