There’s a saying “Cooking resembles painting or composing a melody. Similarly, as there are just such countless words, there are just such countless flavours as well, and it’s the means by which it makes you different.”
Chef Salwa Shalabi is a person of multitudes. She both contains them and is also contained by them. One of UAE’s well-regarded creative chefs, Salwa brings to you the taste of food from around the world especially Lebanon and is redefining fine dining, setting trends by rustling up innovative Middle-Eastern dishes that reflects her cutting-edge preparation as well as the influences of different cuisines on her style of cooking Emirati fares.
For Salwa, the main focus always remains on the quality of the food – and not how elaborated a dish might be. Moreover, there are many chefs in Dubai working on a day-to-day basis on crafting new recipes. However, one of the chefs who should be considered for this great cause is Salwa Shalabi, an experienced chef from Lebanon, currently based in Dubai.
People sometimes say, “you are what you eat,” and it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Our diet intake reflects on our health and general well-being, and living a long and healthy lifestyle can sometimes boil down to the things one eats.
“Moreover, the cooking profession is not the same as any other profession,” Salwa said. “It’s a very delicate industry. Why is it delicate? It’s not necessarily an industry where you ask chefs where they graduated from. It’s a world where being street smart trumps holds a lot of value in a healthy business where employees can also organically learn and grow with the company.”
As a chef, an influencer, and a food connoisseur, Salwa is living a journey which is replete with many milestones.
A collector of culinary traditions from around the GCC, Salwa has truly delved into the eating habits of people across different countries. Now, she has fingers on the pulse of the gourmets and knows what should be on their menu, whether they are craving delicious Middle-Eastern fares or even healthy vegetarian dishes.