Our Esteemed Panel of Judges-2021

The Judges for the Awards are prominent hospitality professionals, and these champions will be invaluable in helping us to encourage entries from beyond the UAE, and judge them fairly. The Judges will help us reach the final list of nominations for each Category that will be opened for online voting.

Panel of Judges:-

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Uwe Micheel

Director of Kitchens

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek

President, Emirates Culinary Guild

Chef Uwe Micheel is the President of Emirates Culinary Guild and Director of Kitchens at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek. The German born, award winning 5 star Chef has more than two decades of experience as a Chef in Dubai and a huge list of credentials to follow his name.

He joined Emirates Culinary Guild in 1993 and became Emirates Culinary Guild General Secretary from 1994, ECG Chairman from 1996 and President from 1999 until present. 


Chef Majed Al Sabagh

Director of   ‘Chef International Hospitality Education and Training Centre’

F&B Consultant at Sharjah Ladies Club.

Chef Majed Al Sabagh is   not only the   Vice President of   Emirates Culinary Guild but also   is the President and Founder of Syrian   culinary Guild. He is an award winning chef with numerous impressive credentials to his name. He is WACS approved judge since 2012 and is being judging various cooking competitions around the   world. He is the Director of ‘Chef international Hospitality education and training Centre’. Teaches culinary art and food safety in University in Ajman.

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Manoj Abraham Mathew

Chief Operating Officer –Middle East & North Africa

Zee Network

In his current role, Manoj leads content, marketing and distribution of over a dozen pay channels and 4 free to air channels in the region. He has over 20 years experience in the media, marketing and advertising business of which 13 are in international markets which include Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Manoj has spent his last 10 years with Zee Network handling various portfolios including their foray into the Arabic TV business with Zee Aflam and Zee Alwan.

A top contributor on Trip Advisor for hotels and restaurants, he loves giving his take on establishment to readers all across the globe.


Chef Alan Pedge

Having worked in the catering industry from the age of 15 brings over 45 years experience to the table, the last 30 years of these being as an Executive Chef.

Throughout his career Alan has always taken part off and been involved with the local chefs communities wherever he has worked and have been on the executive committees of Chefs associations in Bahrain, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, as well as the UAE. As well as being a WACS judge whom has judged in Doha, Jordan as well as the UAE

Having been a Former Chief Marshal for the guild Alan now hold the post of Vice President of the Emirates Culinary guild.


K.A. Chandana Prasad

Director Of Culinary

Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort, UAE

WACS Certified Judge

Vice President East Coast for Emirates Culinary Guild in UAE

Founder East Coast Salon Culinaire in UAE {WACS Certified}

Culinary Diploma Holder & was born and raised in Sri Lanka, An industry veteran for more than 25 years and a UAE resident for past 20 years.


Ibrahim Yaqoot

Executive Director-HR/Training Solutions


Ibrahim is an Executive Director with specializations in Human Resources, Training and Development in the areas of service and Excellence in tourism and hospitality industry.

Ibrahim supervises the Emiratization Task Force for Hotel Industry in Dubai. He is a Member of the international concierge group (UICH) and supervises the les Clefs d’Or-UAE (Dubai Chapter) in Dubai hotels and hospitality industry. Also member of the International front office group (AICR) and supervising AICR- Dubai Chapter in Dubai hotels and hospitality industry.


Chef Atim Suyatim


Chef with over 27 years’ experience in culinary industry, including hotels, restaurants and catering from pastry, bakery and hot kitchen operation.
Attends Worldchef congress event from Korea, Norway, Greece, and Malaysia. 

Atim has been Judge in many international event for the culinary competition for over 8 years and including Global Final Challenge Culinary competition by Worldchefs in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia in 2018.



1.     Hospitality Excellence:- Executive Chef of the Year - Institutional Catering (Airlines, Catering etc)
2.     Hospitality Excellence:- Executive Chef of the Year – Hotel
3.     Hospitality Excellence:- Executive Chef of the Year- Free Standing Restaurant
4.     Hospitality Excellence:- Executive Sous Chef of the Year
5.     Hospitality Excellence:- Pastry Chef of the Year
6.     Hospitality Excellence:- Chef de Cuisine of the Year
7.     Hospitality Excellence :- Sous Chef of the Year
8.     Hospitality Excellence :- Chef de Partie of the Year
9.     Hospitality Excellence :- Demi Chef of the Year
10.   Hospitality Excellence:- Commi Chef of the Year
11.   Hospitality Excellence:- Kitchen Steward of the Year
12.   Hospitality Excellence:- Kitchen helper of the Year
13.   Hospitality Excellence:- Hidden Gem of the Year
14.   Hospitality Excellence:- Entrepreneur Chef of the Year
15.   Hospitality Excellence:- Rising Star Chef of the Year
16.   Hospitality Excellence:- Lifetime Achievement Award

(For nomination in this category, write to email@hozpitality.com)
1.  Hospitality Excellence:- Chef Supporter of the Year – Individual
2.   Hospitality Excellence:- Culinary Partner of the Year – Company
3.   Hospitality Excellence:- Food Supplier of the Year
4.   Hospitality Excellence:- Non Food Supplier of the Year

1.   Hospitality Excellence:- Young Chef of the Year (By Cook Offs)
For details, Pls visit http://www.hozpitalityexcellenceawards.com/cook-off