Photo Release:13 NOVEMBER 2017
Etihad Airways, the global airline partner of 12 Taste Festivals worldwide, brought renowned international chefs to Abu Dhabi to compete in the final of the ‘Taste the World’ competition.
On the last day of the festival, Linda Celestino, Vice President Guest Experience and Delivery, awarded Chef Kotaro Noda of Bistrot64 with the ‘Taste the World’ trophy: “I am truly honoured to present this prestigious award to Kotaro. This is no doubt a tough competition and he is truly a master of the art. We are so pleased to have him here in our home city of Abu Dhabi.”
Kotaro Noda of Bistrot64, Rome, wins ‘Taste the World’ competition with Etihad Airways, Taste of Abu Dhabi
Kotaro Noda also received Etihad Airways Business Class tickets to a destination of his choice on the airline’s global network. Kotoro will also be featured in Etihad Airways’ Inflight magazine Atlas and will have the opportunity to host a cooking demonstration at his next local Taste Festival. All 12 finalists were presented with a specially engraved Dallah (traditional Arabic coffee pot).
Kotaro Noda, a Michelin star chef, is the Head Chef at Bistro64, Rome. His winning dish (potato spaghetti with butter and anchovies) took the judges to a world of gastronomy, innovation and culinary expertise. On receiving the award, Kotaro said: “The past couple of days have been an incredible experience here in Abu Dhabi and at Taste of Abu Dhabi. To win such an incredible competition is truly an achievement and I am honoured to have received it today. It was amazing to be in Abu Dhabi, representing Bistro64 and I can’t wait to return home with the prize.”
Runner up Scott Picket of Estelle Bistro, Melbourne, winner Kotaro Noda of Bistro64 and runner up Stanislav Pesotskiy of Bjorn, Moscow at Taste of Abu Dhabi
Finalists were selected at local Taste Festivals held during 2017. They were: Eric Raty (Café Grey Deluxe, Hong Kong); Dean Parker (The Manor, London); Gregory Marchand (Frenchie, Paris); Nathan Sasi (Mercado, Sydney); Michiel Deenik (The Roast Room, Amsterdam); Stanislav Pesotskiy (Bjorn, Moscow); Scott Pickett (Estelle Bistro, Melbourne); Matt Ravenscroft, (The Drake, Toronto); Darren Hall (Cook Hall, Dubai); Kotaro Noda (Bistrot64, Rome); and Lorenzo Barbieri (Trussardi alla Scala, Milan).
As part of its commitment to provide a unique onboard service, Etihad Airways has 192 Inflight Chefs and 495 Food and Beverage Managers who work in the premium cabins of its wide body aircraft. Guests are able to experience the same levels of quality and service as they would expect on the ground, through a personalized dining experience at 35,000 feet.