Doha is next culinary capital predicts celeb chef

Richard Sandoval says Doha is on track to soon rival Dubai for F&B

Richard Sandoval believes Qatar's F&B scene is evolving quickly.
Richard Sandoval believes Qatar's F&B scene is evolving quickly.

Celeb chef Richard Sandoval said in an interview with Caterer Middle East that Dubai is the current culinary capital of the region, but that Doha will soon not be far behind.

Sandoval was in Doha recently, redoing the menu at his signature restaurant Pampano, which is now four-years-old. The new menu is scheduled to be launched in August.

In an interview with Caterer Middle East, Sandoval said: “I think Dubai is definitely a culinary capital — you still have a lot of top chefs and they are very passionate and they are always trying to evolve and follow what’s going around the world.”

He added: “I think Qatar is evolving into that, they are bringing chefs in, and I think within the next couple of years you’re going to see a big growth in Qatar as far as the culinary scene goes.”

Talking about Mexican food, he said the cuisine is relatively new in the Middle East compared to the United States, for example.

“I think Mexican food has gone through an evolution process just like every cuisine. You see French food today compared to what it was 15 years ago — it has modernised, revolutionised.

"Mexican food in the last 15 years in the US was seen as very tex-mex and we are bringing the evolution that has started in the US here and showing a different style of authentic Mexican cooking.”

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