Tala Bashmi, chef-patron of Fusions by Tala in Bahrain, has been named the winner of the first Middle East & North Africa’s Best Female Chef Award 2022 ahead of the debut edition of MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants, due to be held in Abu Dhabi in February 2022.
Bahrain born and Swiss-trained Bashmi, otherwise known as the voice of modern Bahraini cuisine, fell in love with Middle Eastern cuisine and ingredients as a child, guided by her father's expertise. Since 2017, she threw her passions into a fine-dining environment offering modern takes on traditional dishes like bamia, a traditional okra and meat stew, using wagyu beef cheek instead of meat offcuts, with crispy okra glass and tomato broth rice.
Tala Bashmi's Corniche Dish
Honoured to be recognised by the event's first-ever edition, the chef said: “It has always been a dream to put my culinary heritage on the global map, highlighting it not only within the MENA region but around the world. One of my main goals as a chef is to bridge the gap between high-end gastronomy and simple food, making each meal a journey.”
The inaugural Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, will take place on 7 February 2022. A number of other awards will be announced in the run-up.
Tala Bashmi's Carpaccio Dish