This highly coveted award is one of the only ones in the region to give the talent behind the gastronomic excellence some much-needed recognition.

Similarly to the other categories in our awards, the public is invited to vote for their favourite chefs working in UAE restaurants*. The top four chefs with the highest votes will then participate in a Mystery Box cooking challenge at a secret location. Using the same set of ingredients plus pantry staples, the competitors will have to create a three-course meal within a set time-frame. The winner will be selected by an independent judging panel, and the name of the holder of BBC Good Food ME Chef of the Year title will be revealed at our gala awards event in January 2015.

*The nominated chefs need to be an Executive chef, Chef de Cuisine or heading up their own kitchens at their restaurant. The judging criteria will include innovation, taste, technique and judges’ decision is final.
Chef of the Year nomination field is located under the Fine Dining category.