August 28, 2021

Russian Honey Cake

Medovik Cake or popularly known as the Russian Honey Cake made up of layers of crispy thin cake along with layers with thick cream cheese frosting with the notes of honey and caramel, is a decadent and absolutely delicious treat for any special occasion.

Recipe Cards

Ingredients Quantity
For Honey Dough Sheets  
Honey 42 gm
Molasses 60 gm
Caster sugar 15 gm
Butter 15 gm
Bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp
Flour (AP) 195 gm
For Honey Cream Frosting  
Whipping Cream 350 gm
Honey 35 gm
Caster sugar 35 gm

 

Method of Preparation: 

Honey dough sheets:

  1. Melt honey, caster sugar and butter in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl and allow it to cool down.
  3. Add eggs 1 by 1 and mix until combined after each addition.
  4. Sift flour and bicarbonate of soda together and add to the base. Mix until it forms a sticky dough.
  5. Allow the dough to rest in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Scale 7 pieces of 100 gm pieces.
  7. Roll them to 1-2 mm thin, 220 mm diameter rings. Roll the leftover to a thin sheet and dock them all.
  8. Bake the 7 sheets at 160°C for 7 minutes or until light golden brown.

Honey cream frosting:

  1. Whisk whipping cream, honey and icing sugar to a medium peak stage.

Note: Keep in the fridge until use.

Assembling:

  1. Stick the 7 round sheets together with 45 gm of cream.
  2. Spread the leftover cream on the top and side and set it in the freezer.
  3. Blitz the leftover biscuit in the kitchen processor.
  4. Cover the cake with the crumbs and keep it in the fridge until serving.

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Chef Vrushali Jadhav

Developing a strong affinity towards cooking at a very young age made Vrushali do her Bachelors’ in Hotel Management from IHM Goa, in order to pursue her passion to have a career in the world of culinary. Her dedication and commitment to excel have made her a name in the Culinary Fraternity in the UAE.

Vrushali’s Professional career started with the Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, spotting immense talent in her which got her the opportunity to be a part of the pre-opening team at the prestigious Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in 2004. She has taken challenges and opportunities as they came, moving from Jumeirah Group to Dusit Thani and then to The Palace Down Town, where she worked as the Head Pastry Chef for over 7 years making the hotel a popular F&B offering in Dubai.

After years of industry experience, she embarked on the teaching path and joined ICCA Dubai to share her knowledge with aspiring young chefs. Later on, she also became a certified Gelato Trainer by Carpigiani Gelato University, along with being a Patisserie Instructor at ICCA. In her journey as a Pastry Chef, she has travelled to Switzerland, Malaysia and Italy for work and training purposes with world-class master chefs.

July 7, 2021

How to Become a Professional Baker in 5 Easy Steps

The COVID-19 pandemic has fuelled a massive rise in home baking. Nearly everywhere you turn, people are baking up a storm in their kitchens! Macarons, bread loaves, cakes, cookies, desserts – even savoury treats like pies and pizzas are galore! And with all this comes the inevitable boom in baking businesses.

So, if you’re one of those who’s been bitten by the baking bug, but don’t know how exactly to convert that passion into a lucrative profession, you’re in luck. Whether you’re a home baker, someone just starting out, or even someone from the industry who wants to branch out on your own, ICCA Dubai is the ideal solution for you.

We are one of the top culinary institutions in the world, and we offer an extensive range of courses for both amateur as well as professional bakers and chefs. Many of our students have gone on to work in some of the most respected hotels in the region, and some of them have even started their own super successful baking businesses!

So now, we’re going to dive deep into how you can become a professional baker.

What you need to do to become a professional baker

If you want to start your own baking business, there are 5 simple steps you need to follow.

  1. Get a professional qualification

No matter how good a baker you are at home, there are some skills and techniques you absolutely need to master if you want to become a pro. After all, at home, if you make a mistake, you can still be proud of your effort. But as a professional, you need to be at the top of your game every day. And the only way to become that good is to take up an amateur or professional course in baking or patisserie

In these courses, you will learn all the baking technicalities, which you will need to make great-tasting bread, cakes, cookies, pastries and more. More importantly, you’ll find this formal foundation very useful once you start developing your own recipes as a professional. If you have questions, get in touch with us and we will be more than happy to guide you.

  1. Consider becoming an apprentice or trainee

Even after you get your professional qualification, you need work experience. Many successful bakers became apprentices or trainees under established bakers, working at stores or restaurants, learning the tricks of the trade.

The opportunity to work alongside experts will help you develop better and more techniques. Another excellent benefit from an apprenticeship program is that industry veterans are very generous in imparting valuable lessons, many of which you cannot find in textbooks. You will also get a sneak peek at how the business operates – and this will be very important to you in future.

  1. Learn business management

Starting your own business requires you to handle a lot of things. You will need to deal with sourcing suppliers, buying ingredients, maybe buying specialised equipment, renting a kitchen, hiring employees, and, last but not least, marketing your product. All this requires some technical knowledge of financial management, employee management, supplier/vendor management, and so on.

You also need to know where you’re going to get the money from to start your business. Are you going to fund it yourself? Opt for crowdfunding? Get family and friends to pitch in? Go to an investor? For all this, doing some research about how to operate a food-related business will go a long way to help you.

  1. Choose a specialisation

You also need to decide exactly what niche you’re going to be operating in. Are you going to bake cakes? Cakes and cookies? Bread? Play to your strengths, but ensure you do not bite off more than you can chew. As a professional baker, you need to be innovative. This way, you'll be able to prevent your menu from becoming stale and keep your offerings relevant, especially if you think about how food trends change so rapidly.

Once you’ve chosen your niche, you can research similar brands in your country or around the world. This way, you can learn how other people made their business work, thus getting some valuable insights for yourself.

  1. Explore additional certifications

There are certain specialised certificates only for baking professionals. When you undergo the process to obtain one, you will not only learn some niche skills but also get a valuable certificate that will enhance your customers’ trust in you. And remember: learning is a never-ending process.

And that’s it! These are the basic steps you need to follow to realise your dream of becoming a professional baker.

If you want a deeper insight, or an opportunity to speak with our chefs and students, please visit our campus in Dubai Knowledge Park, and we’ll be glad to organise a tour for you.

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July 6, 2021

Mars

Franklin Clarence Mars, sometimes known as Frank C. Mars, was an American business magnate who founded the food company Mars, Incorporated in June 1911. Mars' son Forrest Edward Mars developed M&M's and the Mars bar.

Frank Mars learned to hand-dip chocolates at a young age; in 1911, he began selling chocolate from his kitchen in Tacoma, Washington. The family made the first chocolate nougat, setting the foundation for Milky Way Bars and Snickers. However, Forrest Sr fell out with his father and in 1932, he was given the recipe for the Milky Way Bar to start his own business.

The Mars family sits on top of a delicious empire.

They’re the heirs to the chocolate throne that is Mars Inc, maker of Snickers, Mars Bars, Milky Way Bars, Twix, M&M’s, and more – not to mention a portfolio of PetCare products (Pedigree/Whiskas), drinks, and chewing gum, among others.

During World War 2, M&M's were only meant for soldier rations.

Snickers were named after the Mars family's favourite horse of that time.

Back in 2007, Mars got into a dustup with vegetarians in the United Kingdom because of animal rennet in their confections.

Mars also owns Uncle Ben's rice and has been trying to erase the rather controversial racial roots.

The Reesee's Pieces in the iconic film ET were to be M&M's but the Mars company declined. (Someone at Hershey's is still gloating over the acquisition of a lifetime).

M&M's stands for Mars and Murrie. Referring to Forrest Mars (the son of the founder of Mars, Frank Mars) and Bruce Murrie (the son of longtime Hershey President William Murrie). M&M’s are the most common chocolate in space and were included in the Space Shuttle Columbia. 

Mars has been in the news for the wrong reason because of its chocolate buying practices from very poor countries that use child labour.

Nicknamed “the Kremlin”, the Mars Inc headquarters are based in Virginia suburbs and have been described as “secretive” and “anonymous”.

Today, four business segments comprise Mars Inc: Petcare, Mars, Wrigley Confectionery, food and edge.

Mars Inc says it can attribute its success to the five principles that Pamela Mars (one of Mars Jr's daughters) called the bedrock of the company: quality, responsibility, mutuality, efficiency and freedom.

July 1, 2021

Keto Friendly Rose & Peach Pannacotta

A summer special and Keto-friendly Rose & Peach Panna Cotta, ladened with the goodness of fresh peaches and flavoured with delicate rosewater for that distinct Mediterranean touch.

Recipe Card

Ingredients Quantity
For Peach Pannacotta  
Milk 100 ml
Cream 100 ml
Stevia 5 gm
Fresh peach puree 50 gm
Gelatin 5gm
Rose water ½ tsp
For Raspberry  Coulis  
Frozen raspberry 50 gm
Stevia 2 gm
Corn starch 1 tsp
Water 60 gm
For Coconut Crumble
Desiccated coconut 50 gm
Butter 30 gm
Stevia 2 gm
Egg white 2 tsp

Method of Preparation

For Peach Pannacotta

  1. Soak gelatine in cold water.
  2. Bring milk and cream to boil with stevia.
  3. Add in the Peach puree.
  4. Take off the heat cool it to 60*c and add gelatine.
  5. Pour the mixture into the mould and freeze, demould and defrost in the fridge before serving

For Raspberry Coulis

  1. Bring frozen raspberries and stevia to boil.
  2. Pour the corn slurry over it and cook until thickens.

For Coconut crumble

  1. Mix all the ingredients together
  2. Spread it on silpat and bake it in the oven.
  3. Once golden brown take it out of the oven and cut desired shapes.

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Chef Vrushali Jadhav 

Vrushali Jadhav, is a much accomplished and award-winning Pastry Chef with over 15 years of experience in some of the best known Hotel properties in the UAE.  She has mastered the art & science of Baking and Patisserie under the guidance of several renowned Master Chefs from around the world. 

She is well known for her unique and creative style of combining classics with the modern,  to create masterpieces like none other and is also an expert Chocolatier &  Gelatiere. 

After her many years in the industry, she embarked on the path of teaching & sharing her knowledge with aspiring young chefs and is now a Pastry Chef Instructor at the ICCA Dubai.

June 29, 2021

Red Bull

The Red Bull recipe is based on a drink loved by Thai truck drivers.

Red Bull began as a Thai energy drink, called Krating Daeng, marketed towards factory workers and truckers trying to get through long shifts. The original mix was made with the same combination of taurine and caffeine but is actually sweeter than our modern version.

Austrian entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz discovered that Krating Daeng cured him of his jet lag on a business trip to Thailand. He liked it so much he eventually tracked down creator Chaleo Yoovidhya, and the two went into business together. Mateschitz rebranded it as Red Bull, made the drink berry flavoured, and brought it to European markets in 1987.

Red Bull was once pulled from German markets after authorities found trace amounts of cocaine in the drink. The brand states that it does use coca leaves, but only as a flavouring agent after removing the cocaine alkaloid.

As part of the Red Bull Stratos, the brand sent Austrian skydiver and Red Bull athlete Felix Baumgartner 24 miles up into space in a helium balloon. Decked out in a Red Bull pressure suit, Baumgartner was free falling at speeds over 830 miles per hour before he deployed his parachute. Baumgartner broke the sound barrier, becoming the first person to do so without using any engines.

It may come as no surprise that Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz is a pilot and extreme-sports enthusiast himself.

The logo on the Red Bull cans are not cattle, but a type of bovine called a “gaur”.

Red Bull is the highest-grossing energy drink in the world, followed by Monster and Rockstar. In total, the brand has sold 50 billion cans in over 167 different countries. Dietrich Mateschitz is now the richest man in Austria, and Yoovidhya is the second-richest person in Thailand.

Red Bull HQ in Fuschl am See, Austria, is James Bond-esque, is completely swagged-out housing the Red Bull creative team, the compound consists of two domes that float on a boat-shaped lake.

Red Bull has its own record label – titled Red Bull Records of course! The most popular group on the label is Awolnation.

The brand also has its own hangar in the Salzburg airport in Austria that hosts a lineup of vintage aircraft and helicopters, along with an art gallery and a restaurant, aptly named Ikarus, that features a new top chef from around the world every month.

In spite of many health claims, Red Bull contains the same amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee, which is 80 mg. A 16-ounce Starbucks Grande has 330 mg!

In 2014, Red Bull was sued for false advertising for their slogan, “Red Bull gives you wings”. A consumer said he had been drinking Red Bull for 10 years and never gained wings or enhanced athletic skills. It ended up being a $13 million lawsuit.

There is a version of Red Bull that is only available to Formula 1 VIPs.

Red Bull holds a yearly running competition called Wings for Life which raises money to donate to research for spinal cord injuries and paraplegia.

Red Bull was the first energy drink ever made, and they created the energy drink industry.

June 22, 2021

Lindt

In the year 1879, Rodolphe Lindt, the son of a pharmacist and master confectioner, purchased two fire-damaged factories near Berne, Switzerland, and a few outdated machines.

Up until 1879, chocolate was mostly consumed as a drink. The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word, “Xocolatl”, which ironically means “bitter water”.

Upon advice from his brother August Lindt, about extracting the extra liquid in the chocolate paste, Rodolphe Lindt goes onto "invent" his "Conche“ and produces his famous “chocolat fondant”: the world’s first melting chocolate.

It is told the conching secret was an accidental discovery: one Friday night after months of testing, Rodolphe left his factory without turning off the conching machine. It churned all night and all through the weekend. The chocolate Lindt found on Monday was delicately smooth and tasted like it never had before. Chocolate was changed forever.

With this invention, Rodolphe Lindt was the first chocolatier ever to taste and then produce chocolate as we know it today. When he sold his factory in Zurich, he also sold his conching secrets.

The meaning behind the Lindt logo in their own corporate answer goes like this: “The dragon is part of the Lindt family coat of arms. If you look at the logo, you have the nice Lindt written in italic (=flowing melted chocolate) but it can't flow too far away: the dragon is there, watching, making sure everything remains controlled and premium.

Lindt has opened over 410 chocolate cafés and shops all over the world. The cafés' menu mostly focuses on chocolate and desserts. Lindt chocolate cafés also sell handmade chocolates, macaroons, cakes, and ice cream.

On 15 December 2014, 18 people, including eight staff, were held hostage at a Lindt cafe in Sydney, Australia. Three people, including the gunman, died in the incident.

Lindor is a brand Lindt introduced as a chocolate bar in 1949 and later in 1967 in the form of a ball. It is now characterized by a hard chocolate shell and a smooth chocolate filling. The ball or bar is available in an array of flavours, each with a distinctive colour wrapper.

In 2009, Swiss tennis star Roger Federer was named as Lindt's "global brand ambassador", and began appearing in a series of commercials endorsing Lindor.

During the 3rd UK lockdown because of Covid-19, with all chocolate shops shut, Lindt had begun offering virtual tasting sessions (Feb 2021) with LINDT EXCELLENCE chocolatiers. The experiences could be bought online from their website and include a box of chocolates which are delivered, along with details of how to book the one-hour tasting.

June 15, 2021

Heinz

Two young American businessmen, Henry J Heinz and L Clarence Noble launch Heinz & Noble. Their first product is Henry's 'pure and superior' grated horseradish, bottled in clear glass to show its purity.

Henry J. Heinz had started selling produce from his mother's garden when he was just eight years old.

Heinz introduced its famous formulation in 1876, which contained tomatoes, distilled vinegar, brown sugar, salt and various spices.

Heinz sells a whopping 11bil packets of ketchup a year, which is two packets for every person on the planet, and two billion packets for every person currently in space.

Tomatoes didn't make it into ketchup until the late 1800s since most right-minded people considered it a poisonous cousin to nightshade. Around 20-25 tomatoes are needed in each bottle of Heinz ketchup.

Not very many people know this trick- Tap the 57 on the bottleneck in order to make the ketchup pour more quickly.

A Heinz employee, bacteriologist called Herbert Riley coined the term 'quality control.'

Twilight star Jackson Rathbone scarred himself for life with this gigantic Heinz tattoo on his calf. Ed Sheeran even has a bottle tattooed on his arm!

In 1999, NASA approved Heinz Tomato Ketchup for use onboard the International Space Station.

Malcolm Gladwell's excellent 2004 New Yorker article notes that Heinz effectively dominated the ketchup market by focusing on all five of the condiment's flavour attributes. Previously just a salty and bitter sauce, Heinz increased umami with a thicker consistency of ripe tomatoes, upped the sourness with acidity from concentrated vinegar, and used benzoate preservatives to double the sweetness, thus making consumers powerless to resist the five-flavour assault.

Heinz buys over two million tons of tomatoes every year.

Coal tar was originally used as a dye to give Heinz its red colour.

All the female workers were given fresh aprons and bonnets, and those who peeled cucumbers were given a free manicure once a week.

Heinz sold more than 57 varieties of products when it first branded itself. The number was chosen because the founder considered it lucky, and because he just never gave himself enough credit.

Heinz introduced kid-friendly coloured ketchup (green! purple!) in 2000, then put back on their big-person pants in 2006 and discontinued the new colours.

The heirs of the Heinz fortune often cross over into politics, with John Heinz serving as the Republican senator of Pennsylvania and Teresa Heinz serving as John Kerry's wife.

Heinz sells more than 5,700 products in 200 countries.

The merger between the H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group was approved in 2015. Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway is Kraft Heinz's biggest shareholder.

June 8, 2021

Mc Donald’s

Interesting Facts About Your Favourite Fast Food Chain 

If you were to ask the average McDonald's customer who founded the fast-food empire, there's a very likely possibility that they'd answer "Ray Kroc." But the truth is, it was brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald who truly were the fast-food restaurant's founders — even though they're not the ones with their likenesses etched into plaques on the restaurant's walls.

The brand has come a long way!

A new McDonald's opens every 14.5 hrs

Their Caesar Salad is more fattening than their Hamburger

McDonald's is the world's largest toy distributor

How many people eat at McDonald's every day? More than the entire population of the UK!

The Holy Cross or the McD arch: the arch is more recognisable!

The Queen of England owns a McDonalds.Playing it safe😁

Bill Gates gets free food there. He can't afford it😁. No, because he has a McDonald's Gold Card

Their first-ever item on the menu was a hot dog.

Maybe someday we can all aspire to be like Bill Gates and never have to pay a dime for a Big Mac 😁😁!

 

June 2, 2021

Hozpitality Chef Excellence Awards 2021

The fourth edition of “Hozpitality Chef Excellence Awards”- UAE’s much-awaited Popular Choice Awards for talented chefs was held on Monday, 24/05/21 at the Dusit Thani Dubai.

Hozpitality Groups Middle East Chef Excellence Awards -  MEA recognizes talented chefs within the industry from different categories and departments. The ceremony saw two different categories of the Popular Choice Awards which included Chefs Excellence Awards and Judges Choice Awards for which the winners were selected solely based on popular choice from the industry via an online voting system.

The evening showcased a top of the line cook-off for talented young chefs below the age of 28 and presented the winner with the Young Chef of the Year Trophy. The cook-off process involves a thorough screening round, through which sixteen candidates are shortlisted based on their recipes submitted for the semi-finals.

As every year, the semi-finals were once again conducted at the International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) Dubai, the strategic partners - Hozpitality Group, where the shortlisted candidates participated in a live cook-off to create and put their best together on the plate using US Beef as the main ingredient. Out of the sixteen, the top five were selected by the Emirates Culinary Guild as the finalists to compete with each other at the awards ceremony.

Lekhnath Thapaliya, Emirates Flight Catering and Sanjay Singh Saud, Caesars Bluewaters were the respective final gold and silver winners for the Young Chef of the Year Trophy 2021.

Being declared a finalist puts these young chefs among the best in the industry and the winner also received a Professional Diploma Program in Culinary Arts worth USD 11,000 sponsored by ICCA Dubai, to help get a strong foundation as they strive to achieve greater heights in their career.

“Our aim behind this initiative is to educate, encourage and promote young talents in the industry and provide them with a platform to put themselves out there and also let them showcase their talent & skills to the world. This kind of competition not only helps build their confidence but it also gives them the right food and industry knowledge on a global scale”, said Raj Bhatt, CEO & Founder, Hozpitality Group. 

May 25, 2021

Kellogg’s

February 26, 1852, John Harvey Kellogg was born. He would later become a physician and develop the world's first dry cereal brand Kellogg's.

The company was founded as the Sanitas Food Company in 1900 by brothers John Harvey Kellogg & Will Keith Kellogg. W.K.Kellogg eventually bought out his brother and in 1906 established the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company.

Cornflakes were made by mistake. John Kellogg and his brother were trying to come up with a dough they could use. After boiling wheat and letting it dry they tried to come up with the dough by putting it through rollers but instead, it came out as flakes. They toasted the flakes, they were a hit and the rest is history. They called it Granose.

The rooster mascot isn't on the box of cereal because it's associated with getting up and good morning. The rooster is used because Kellogg liked the fact that the word is similar to the Welsh word for rooster. (Welsh word for rooster is ceiliog, whose pronunciation sounds very similar to Kellogg).

Kelloggs were the first company to put prizes in their boxes of cereal. They did this from 1909 to 1931. The very first box of Kellogg’s cereal was made of entirely recycled material. Today, almost all of their cereal boxes are made from recycled paperboard.

The iconic Kellogg’s logo was first handwritten by founder Will Keith Kellogg and has been with the company ever since.

Kellogg's Corn Flakes were taken along with the first moon landing on Apollo 11. Freeze-dried milk was added to an air-tight pouch that also held the cereal. Water was added so the astronauts could rehydrate it and enjoy their breakfast.

Kellogg’s was the first brand to advertise on Times Square in New York.

If laid end to end, the boxes of Kellogg’s cereal eaten since 1906 would reach the moon and back over 160 times.

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