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Celebrated Chef Ali El Bourji Meets Renowned Australian Chef Shane Delia for an Exclusive Four Hands Dinner at Ayamna

Dinner at Ayamna

Showcasing the best of Middle Eastern cuisine, the chefs will unite for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience from 14th to 15th October

Bringing together the creative talents of two of the world’s best chefs of Middle Eastern cuisine, Ayamna’s award-winning Executive Chef Ali El Bourji and Chef Shane Delia of Melbourne’s celebrated Middle Eastern restaurant, Maha, will join forces to present an exclusive set menu from Friday 14th to Saturday 15th October. Paying homage to the unique flavours, spices and tastes of the region, the specially curated dishes will certainly result in an outstanding culinary experience. 

Ali El Bourji, Executive chef, Ayamna and Atlantis Dubai

Executive Arabic Chef of Ayamna and Atlantis Dubai, Chef Ali joined Atlantis, The Palm as part of the pre-opening team in 2008 and has been with the resort ever since. Today, he is the driving force behind the brand’s exquisite Arabic menus. A favourite amongst Arab celebrities and royalty the world over, his recipes and food presentations are regularly requested and have been featured extensively in publications throughout the region.

Shane, Chef, Award-Winning Author, TV Presenter, Entrepreneur, & Director, Delia Group

Chef Shane is an award-winning author, TV presenter, entrepreneur, and director of the Delia Group. His restaurant portfolio includes the flagship Maha, where his flavourful and playful Middle Eastern food has made the restaurant a pillar of Melbourne’s fine dining scene. Chef Shane is well-known throughout Australia as fans have closely followed his various television series, including Spice Journey, Recipe for Life and Middle East Feast. 

The four hands dining experience will kick off with an array of cold starters including chemen cured kingfish with kombu dressing, fennel seed pickled cucumber with whipped feta and salmon roe, and of course, traditional Middle Eastern dishes such as hummus, tabouleh and stuffed vine leaves. Hot starters will feature truffle kibbeh, muhamarra, chargrilled octopus with almond hummus, smoked ocean trout fatteh, sea urchin, pine nut and Aleppo pepper butter.

Guests can enjoy delectable main courses, including roasted lamb shoulder with za’atar, pine nuts, smoked eggplant and tahini, as well as a classic seabream fish sayadieh. There will also be an option to discover a hand-selected range of Lebanese wines, paired perfectly with the menu.

Finishing the evening on a sweet note, guests will be blown away by a series of showstopping desserts including watermelon and rose granita with white chocolate and peppermint ice cream, charcoal grilled kunafa with vanilla ice cream.

Chef Ali El Bourji X Chef Shane Delia will take place on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October from 6:00pm-11:00pm. The menu is priced at AED 399 per person for food only and  AED 599 per person for food along with a wine pairing. This unique culinary partnership featuring two of the world’s leading talents in Middle Eastern cuisine is not to be missed.

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