Posted on December 13, 2015

Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (Bedaya Center), a joint initiative by Qatar Development Bank and Silatech recently held a Business of food conference. Sponsored by Aspire Zone, this event witnessed participation from several food business specialists in the country.

During the course of the event, Mrs. Sahar Nasr from the Social Development Center focused on some of the legal aspects related to the food industry, while Mr. Idriss Bouziani from Elevation Burger brought to light essential tips for identifying and selecting the best franchise opportunities. This was followed by a discussion on new trends in the field of hospitality by Mr. Ghanem Al Sulaiti, and on the importance of branding and corporate identities by Mr. Ramzan Al Nuaimi.

Reem Al-Suwaidi, General Manager of Bedaya Center, while commenting on the field of food business mentioned that the food industry is growing rapidly in the state of Qatar. “We offer the best opportunity for entrepreneurs by highlighting the importance of food businesses, and also by identifying successful experiences in this field. This will open the doors for many others who are interested in entering this sector. The forum has been aimed at supporting entrepreneurs to boost their business and give them a chance to comprehend the latest innovations related to the food industry. Furthermore, Qataris witnessing a remarkable development in all sectors, especially tourism-related projects and the food industry in particular, in addition to the hotel facilities and other related areas.”

On the sidelines of the forum, a cooking competition was held to choose the best semi-professional cooks of 2015. The semi pro cooking competition brought together owners of home-based businesses who focused on amateur culinary art that included preparation of appetizers, local main dish, international cuisine as well as desserts. The first prize of QR 5000 was awarded to Warda Ibrahim for her Tuna Quesadillas with avocado and mango sauce. Warda runs La Fuschia, a catering business for companies and private customers. "It is a wonderful opportunity to participate in this kind of competition and being judged by a professional jury. It motivates us to give our best,” cited Warda.

The jury formed by professionals and social media influencers, including Muhammad Najem, Head chef at Aspetar; Mr. Abdalla Salameh, Manager of the Hospitality Department at Al Shaya; and Mr. Abdulrahman Al Harmouzi, a well-known figure in restaurants’ assessments and owner of @where2eatqtr account on Instagram.