Amity University: an Italia Kitchen Group project in Dubai.

Established more than twenty-five years ago, the Amity Education Group is a leading education group today offering a high level of education from pre-schools to Ph.D. level.
With 150,000 students worldwide, Amity’s fast expanding network of institutions across the world leading to campus across Dubai, London, Singapore, New York, Mauritius, China and Romania with plans to establish campus other countries.
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Based in Dubai International Academic City, Amity University Dubai new Campus is spread over 700,000 sq ft area with world class facilities.
Among a large number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses such us Behavioral Science, Mathematics, Languages, at Amity Dubai takes place the Hotel Management bachelor degree course.
The fully equipped Hospitality Lab has been designed to meet every students need and to train them as Hotel Managers or Tourism Managers.
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The Hospitality Lab and, beyond the glass windows, the training kitchen 
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training kitchen

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cooking range
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big space for cooking class and demonstrations 
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cleaning/washing area

Ovens training and food tasting

Many events have occurred at Italia Kitchen headquarter since we opened the training room in April 2016: chefs trainings, equipment testing and cooking classes. For Italia Kitchen Group is a great satisfaction being able to offer our customers a useful service which complements the quality of our work by adding a required support to the normal sale of kitchen equipment.

This month, our training kitchen has been the protagonist of two interesting events: the presentation of X-Oven charcoal grill and Marra Forni pizza oven.

X-OVEN CHARCOAL OVEN 

The X-Oven is an Italian charcoal oven similar to “Josper” but with a different and better technology. It is equipped with an insulated chamber and an external, safe and functional fumes exhaust system, while its inner parts are made of porcelain stainless steel. Its removable grill drawers system is a distinctive trait. The drawers, mounted on ball bearing telescopic rails, have been designed to work at extremely high temperatures and offer maximum resistance to constant stress over time.

X-OVEN allows cooking different dishes at the same time at three different temperatures, all to the advantage of creativity and performance. In order to control the cooking process, the drawers open securely without the risk of gusts at high temperatures. The heat does not disperse, enveloping the food and preserving its juices and organoleptic properties. Working is easier and safer, the quality of the dishes is excellent and consumption savings are significant!

During the presentation, we have made a food tasting and our guests (chefs and restaurant managers) have been able to test the oven cooking some delicious food with the assistance of the X-Oven chef Mattia.
The engineer who projected the oven, Alfredo Mercurio, was present at the event in order to answer all the questions of the customers.

MARRA FORNI OVEN

Pizza training session with Marra Forni and its Neapolitan classic style gas oven was a real success as well!

Marra ovens are a perfect combination of craftsmanship, technology and functionality. Marra Neapolitan ovens are designed specifically to accommodate the high-volume pizza making of a true pizzaiolo.  The dome and deck consist of refractory bricks with 4 inches of multi-layered insulation in the dome and 8 inches in the deck. The oven features a 18 inch by 9 inch opening along with a stainless steel flue collar atop the dome. A round flue adapter comes standard on all ovens.
The oven requires a 2” tolerance in all directions, and comes standard with a fire-rated tile clay dome. The Neapolitan ovens also features a 14 inch landing on the opening, as well as a control located between the deck and the top of the dome for getting a precise reading. Oven can be vented directly to the roof or vented through a powered type 1 exhaust hood with approved grease rated duct in accordance with all local and national codes. For wood burning ovens, they must be vented as a solid fuel burning appliance and must be installed following a manner that obeys all local and national codes and is acceptable to authority having jurisdiction.

 

The result is a crunchy, easy to digest, real Italian pizza!

For more information about these professional ovens, for tasting and training, contact Italia Kitchen Group in Dubai, we are at your disposal to answer any question you might have.

www.italiakitchengroup.com

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www.marraforni.com

 

 

 

 

 

Italia Kitchen Group’s last projects

As we told you in the last December Newsletter, 2016 was, for Italia Kitchen Group, a very satisfying year for more than one reason: new acquired customers, a change of location both in Dubai and in Bahrain and the successful completion of prestigious projects.

In the first Newsletter of the year, we are pleased to show you some of the projects where we have worked in the kitchen realization and in the kitchen equipment installation.

Volante Tower

Volante Dubai is a 35 floor residential tower comprising of 45 exceptional apartments all overlooking the Dubai canal and the Burj Khalifa. Italia Kitchen Group has provided the kitchen equipment for the private Club kitchen, bar and outdoor bbq area.

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The Kitchen in Volante Private Club

 

Mirage Club 

An upbeat new nightclub and karaoke bar in the heart of Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, 5 star Waldorf Astoria Dubai Hotel. Mirage Club divided into Bar area, Main hall and 2 separate private vip rooms. Offering a warm ambience, welcoming everyone to high-class karaoke experience while serving signature cuisine by highly experienced chefs.

La Gaufrette

Since 1991, La Gaufrette has grown from just a café in to a full-fledged coffee shop loyally frequented by families, executives, tourists and even corporate. Year after year, La Gaufrette has grown to be one of the most respected and appreciated coffee shop within the UAE. The freshly brewed coffees and homemade pastries, cookies and sandwiches are made with fresh ingredients and a love for creating unique tastes. Italia Kitchen played a part in the realization of the La Gaufrette 5th branch in Maisan Towers 3, Al Barsha, Dubai.

Mercato AE: an Italia Kitchen Group successful project!

Mercato is the last Skelmore Hospitality Group’s concept (the one of Roberto’s Restaurant & Lounge in DIFC) which opened in Dubai last May 2016.

Their motto is “We don’t just like food, we love it”.

“It perfectly shows!” we could answer them.

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Mercato restaurant and retail 

The restaurant incorporates a retail space featuring fresh pasta, including roasted coffee beans, cured meats, bread, pastries and an open kitchen which let the clients see with their own eyes the baker and the chef making bread, pizza or pasta from scratch. The chef takes great care in selecting the best quality ingredients.

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Mercato’s kitchen: an Italia Kitchen project and realization

As you enter Mercato, you are welcomed by a fragrance of fresh bread, vibrant colors, and a vivid atmosphere inspired by Mercato Centrale in Florence, an historical place to buy groceries that has been renewed and it has become a meeting place for food lovers and gourmets. That is exactly what Mercato is.

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Open Kitchen at Mercato with Italia Kitchen equipment 

For all these reasons, it was an honor for Italia Kitchen Group to be part of its project and realization.

We asked to Mercato’s manager, Mrs. Grazia, what he think about the work that Italia Kitchen’s project manager and technicians made for Mercato:

Time that Mercato project’s born, we immediately thought of relying on someone with great experience and seriousness that could provide us support in any emergency situations, requirements found immediately in Italian Kitchen Group…THANK YOU !

So if you haven’t already, visit Mercato to experience deliciously prepared dishes and the best customer service in town!

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Italia Kitchen Big Opening day

We have been waiting for it so long and finally the great day has come!

Sunday, September 18th, we inaugurated the new headquarter of Italian Kitchen Dubai that, last April, has moved from Deira to Al Quoz, a central area of the city, where companies are mix in stores, banks, luxurious shops and hipsters clubs.

Precisely, the office is located in Al Quoz 3, in front of the showroom Natuzzi (here you can find the location map).

Thank to all the participants the day was a great success, but a special thank goes to our partners who have supported us for years in the most interesting events in Dubai and beyond. They are Rosario Scarpato, Aira Piva and all the chefs of Italian Restaurant Consulting and Electrolux, our well-known supplier that, in addition to the cooking line and the Air-O-Steam Oven, “brought” the Italian Chef Silvano Costantini and some  students of ICCA , the famous cooking school based in Knowledge Village.

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 The Italian Consul of Dubai with the Chefs of: Bice, Bice Mare, La Bussola, Lounge Cafè Italiano, Carnevale, Casa Mia, Eataly, Frankie’s, Margherita, Per Te, Positano, Prego’s, Roberto’s, The Artisan, Trattoria Toscana, Vivaldi, Galeries La Fayette Le Gourmet, Jumeirah Golf Estates.

The new headquarter, like the old one, has a special feature that differentiates us from other professional kitchens providers in Dubai: the training room.

Italian Kitchen’s training room is a kitchen with all the professional equipment you can find in the best restaurants: pizza oven, dough mixer and moulder, manual machine for fresh pasta, freezer, chiller, blast chiller, ice-cream machine, soft ice-cream machine, ingredients to make ice cream and coffee machines. All from the best brands: Electrolux Italforni, Sigma, Aikhon, Baldassare Agnelli, Tecnoinox, SPM, SAB Italy and much more. Now that is fully and well equipped, our new kitchen is available for hire on a part-time basis, or by the hour. What we offer is a modern, practical and professional space for training sessions, cookery workshops, team buildings and tastings.

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Italia Kitchen’s Training Room

The restaurants and the chefs who will participate at the upcoming Italian Cuisine World Summit (to be held in Dubai, November 7th to 17th) have delighted us with some of their specialties like grilled shrimps, beef with polenta, pizza, cannoli siciliani and a lot of Italian dishes.

Those who have accepted our invitation have all let us feeling very happy and satisfied… of course also the good food attracted them greatly!!

During the afternoon, the new Consul of Dubai, Mrs. Valentina Setta, has honoured us with her presence. We wish her good luck for the new assignment.

We really hope that the new office will be the beginning of new projects, new contacts and new business for Italian Kitchen, a reality that is not only Italian, but who has been in the UAE for almost 15 years and in some way has contributed to the growth of this stunning city.

And again, thank you very much!

Do you need Cooking Training?

As most of you already know, last April Italia Kitchen has changed his location from Deira to the nicer and good located Al Quoz 3, in front of Natuzzi Showroom, Sheikh Zayed Road.

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Our spearhead, like in the old office but bigger than before, is the training room!            Italia Kitchen head office in Dubai is equipped with fully operated kitchen as a training room for our customers and suppliers. We provide technical training for the machine’s proper use and care.
Our clients have a privileged to test the equipment, use our kitchen and let them cook in their preference or with the help and assistance of our affiliated corporate chefs, we also offer barista and back to school program for gelato making.

Yesterday we have had a very important Italian Gelato Training with our suppliers Max and Lorenzo of Alvena. They have formed the pastry Chefs of the famous Italian restaurant Roberto’s. Alvena, our historical partner, is a leading Italian company specializes in the production of entirely vegetable semi finished products for gelati, yogurt based gelati, and technological adjuvants for fresh yogurt. Max and Lorenzo showed to the chefs the procedure for making Sorbet. Sorbet is different to ice-cream because it doesn’t need milk and, of course, does not need pasteurization.

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With a right mix of ingredients, water and some “Italian recipe” secrets that Alvena taught us, we prepared Chocolate, Panforte Senese (an Italian cake from Tuscany), Vanilla and Coconut Sorbet….all delicious!

Here some pictures of the procedure:

15-20 minutes of preparation in the machine and the Sorbet is ready to eat.

After the training, Alvena people gave some suggestions and tasty recipes for gelato and sorbet making.

If you have a restaurant, a coffee bar, a pizzeria, if you are a chef and you want to know more about some particular equipment like ovens, pizza ovens, ice-cream machine, coffee machines and much more, do not hesitate to call us: expert and passionate techinicians will teach you how to use all the equipment you need in your job.

P.S. In the same day, in the training room, we also recorded a video for a cookin lesson (we will talk about very soon) and we had had the honor to take this picture of our Managing Director  Emilio Rossano with the super Italian Chef Francesco Guarracino of Roberto’ s Abu Dhabi (opening soon)!

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Emilio Rossano and Francesco Guarracino with Francesca and Maria from Cooking@home

 

by Martina Bettella.

 

 

 

“Sports & Healthy Awards” in Dubai

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Saturday morning is for Fun, Relax and Sports! 

And that is what we did Saturday 21st of May at the Event hosted by Juventus Academy Dubai and Scuola Calcio Dubai (both managed by FFG Sports Management).

Italia Kitchen, together with International Companies like Goccia di Carnia Drinking Water, Eataly Arabia, Alitalia, has sponsored the Sports and Healthy Awards, that took place in Sportsmania JLT, the beautiful Sports Centre in the center of the City (near Dubai Marina, JLT, Jumeirah Park, Discovery Gardens) where children from 4 to 17, both male   and female, can learn to play football “Juventus way”.

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The event was a real Success!

First of all, kids have played football and, at the end of the matches, the experts Chefs of Cooking@home in Dubai and Golositalia JLT have teached the children to prepare Pizza & Ice Cream with the Professional Oven and Gelato Machine that Italia Kitchen provided.

At the end of the event, a jury composed by the parents evaluated the winners for:
SPORT AWARDS:
1. Penalty 2. Best Goal 3. Crossbar Challenge 4. Rallies
HEALTHY AWARDS:
1. Best Pizza 2. Best Ice Cream 3. Fastest Team

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Thanks to all for the big success of this event: kids, parents, football coaches, all the sponsors and, last but not least, thanks to Fabrizio Puglisi, business partner of Scuola Calcio Dubai and Juventus Academy, that imagined all this.

Again, we scored a Goal!

by Martina Bettella

A dinner with Heinz Beck

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Heinz Beck (from behind) and his Team 

Last Thursday night we have had the honor to partecipate at a VIP event in Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Dubai, that was the dinner organized by IRC – Italian Restaurant Consulting in Social by Heinz Beck Restaurant because of the presence in UAE of this famous Italian Chef.

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Heinz beck, born German but Italian by adoption, is Executive Chef at La Pergola Restaurant in Rome  since 1994. He is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding achievement throughout a long and prestigious career. Like the Rome Cavalieri and La Pergola, Heinz is very much a part of Roman culture and society. In 2000 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Foyer of Artists Award, an International Award from La Sapienza University of Rome this was the first time the award had been given to a chef. He is also author of several books that are well known all over the world. Among one of the best sellers in the past year is Beck’s “L’Ingrediente Segreto” (The Secret Ingredient). His other noteworthy works include “L’Arte e Scienza del Servizio” (The Art and Science of Service), “Beck”, “Vegetariano” (Vegetarian), “Pasta” and the ingenious “Finger Food”. Furthermore, Beck has tackled nutrition and healthy culinary practices in “Ipertensione e Alimentazione” (Hypertension and Nutrition).

In 1997, he receives his First Michelin Star and in 2004 he awarded Three Stars and the list of other awards he received is very long.

This was the Menu, we shall let you be the judge (but not the eater!)

Salad of Panzanella with Marinated Tuna

Burrata Fagottello with Squid, Artichokes and Bottarga

Sea Bass in Sweet Chilli Sauce and Marinated Anchovies

Beef on Smoked Eggplant Puree and Vegetables in Carpione

Hazelnuts Crémeux with Rhubarb and Strawberries

                                                                                                                  Martina Bettella