The first Arabic cooking program of its kind in the Middle East, Top Chef, has already begun to be broadcasted by MBC1 and MBC Masr. The launching of the program was announced at a press conference hosted by the luxurious, five star Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.
Judges of the show will be three famous, and well-known chefs: Mona Mosly, a 27-year-old graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Londo and host & a judge on the show; Maroun Chedid, a Lebanese celebrity chefs, winner of the 2013 International Chef of the Year award from Les Toques Blanches du Monde; and Robert Chinn, the internationally renowned Chinese-Egyptian chef, restaurateur, TV presenter and food author.
The show is of 13 episodes, and featuring three sections: a quick-fire challenge, an elimination challenge and the judges’ table. Contestants, or chefs, will be asked to create specific dishes under specific conditions, and winners in this stage will be given immunity from competing in the elimination round, while other chefs will complete a more complex challenge, such as catering for a wedding or managing the opening of a restaurant. The final section will be a “taste test” where one loser contestant to be eliminated and voted off the show.
Official spokesman of the MBC Group announced that at the final episode, the final three contestants will be competing for the title of Top Chef 2016. The winner chef will receive US$100,000 , which is intended to “support the winning contestant in launching his or her culinary project, following their graduation from the programme”.