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Seven Fabulous Female Chefs Take Over BOCA


BOCA, the Spanish-influenced Modern European restaurant located in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), will be hosting a seven-week takeover featuring the culinary talents of seven female chefs. Over the course of seven weeks, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in the signature cuisine of each chef, who will be showcasing their skills for three nights each.

The first event will take place on Tuesday, January 24th, and will run until May 20th, 2023. From 7 pm until 10 pm, guests will be invited to join for both a reception and dinner, where each chef will present a specially curated paired multi-course menu, illustrating their personal journey and culinary creativity. Each menu will cost Dhs545 and will include Estrella Damm, GinRaw and Lyre’s cocktails. The kitchen takeover is also a celebration of BOCA’s commitment to supporting local produce and reducing waste within the kitchen. Each chef will honour their stories and BOCA’s contribution to sustainability.

From January 24th to 26th the first chef to take over the kitchen will be Célia Stoecklin, who has worked at several Michelin Star restaurants, starting at the young age of fourteen and then in Dubai at Jumeirah Al Qasr Hotel. Her menu at BOCA will feature French-Mediterranean flavours, utilising seasonal and fresh ingredients from land and sea.

The next chef to take over from February 7th to 9th in the kitchen will be Bethany Kehdy, a Dubai-based chef who has an array of achievements under her belt, from being a two-time best-selling cookbook author to presenting Taste Lebanon. Her niche is using food as a means to story tell and trying to combat the negative stereotypes of West Asian and North African cuisine.

The takeover will also feature Sara Aqel from February 14th to 16th, a Palestinian culinary superstar; Penelope Diaz from February 7th to the 9th, owner of Fusión Ceviche JLT; Gabriela Chamorro from 14th to 16th of March, the brains and skill behind the legendary Nicaraguan supper club ‘Girl and the Goose’, Sheerin Ghaffar, from 9th to the 11th of May a Singaporean Chinese-Paskistani chef, and Trisha Henault from 23rd 25th of Feb, Born and raised in Delhi, her specialities lie in using grilling over a fire, utilizing local, fresh, bold and bright high-quality ingredients.

The BOCA kitchen takeover is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for foodies and those who love supporting powerful women to indulge in the culinary delights of seven brilliant female chefs, all the while celebrating the restaurant's commitment to supporting local produce and reducing waste within the kitchen.


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