(MENAFN - Arab News) The Saudi food and beverage industry is currently experiencing boom while the government plans to inject billions into its food and hospitality industry to make tourism attractive in the Kingdom.
Focusing on the developments, the Kingdom will host 75 local and international exhibitors and more than 100 chefs in the biggest international food, beverage, and hospitality exhibition entitled Saudi HORECA 2013 on Tuesday at Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre (RICEC).
The three-day event will feature a host of activities and shows, including workshops and culinary art show among others. It will bring key hospitality players from the region to discuss latest trends related to the industry.
The exhibition will present a number of live events such as the salon culinaire, the live junior chef's competition, the atelier gourmand, and the annual conference, as well as social networking events.
For the first time in history, the Kingdom's leading technical schools and hotel management institutions will show off their students' talents during the live junior chefs competition.
The food categories include chocolate showpiece, single tier novelty cake, three plated dessert presentation, Arabic sweet, three-tier decorated wedding cake, bread creation and morning goods, six course set dinner menu, cold platter of fish, poultry or meat, cold canapes, live traditional Arabic mezze, live Saudi dish, live chicken dish, live sea food dish, live sandwich making, live meat dish, live fruit and vegetables carving and live sushi.
A number of international judges panel based on Joe Barza, chef consultant in Lebanon; Karim Bourgi, executive pastry chef in Dubai; Alexis Couquelet, executive chef couqley in Beirut; Thomas Gugler, continental director in Middle East and Africa; Samaan Hilal, culinary creative development and production director in Kuwait and Tarek Ibrahim, corporate certified master chef in Australia.