Sharjah Girl Guides Honours its Brownie Master Chef

Published on Sep 13 2017 - - Gulf - -

Sharjah Girl Guides Honours its Brownie Master Chef

Inaugural culinary competition held over one month taught culinary skills and food safety



Sharjah, September 13, 2017,


Sharjah Girl Guides recently honoured its top culinary skills at itsMaster Chef Programme, the first-of-its-kind cookery competition for SGG’s Brownies. Taking first place in the month-long contestfor the 9-11 year olds, which was designed to enhance the kitchen talents of the junior member of SGG, was Hamda Al Marzouqi, who successfully won the Master Chef title out of a field of 25 young participants.


Held in coordination with Culinary Boutique restaurant, SGG’s Master Chef Programmeaimed to hone the food preparation skills of the participants and educate them in the culinary arts, as well as encourage them to help their families cook at home. It also taught tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes that serve up flavour alongside health benefits.


HamdaAl Marzouqiimpressed the judges after competing in the five different phases and qualifying for the programme’s finals that featured six finalists, ultimately emerging victorious to claim her well-deserved title.


“In keeping with our efforts to develop the food preparation talents of our Girl Guides and Brownies, we organised the Master Chef programme, which was hosted under the supervision of an elite group of chefs. The programme aimed to educate the girls on the culinary arts and nurture their skills in creating healthy meals. The success of the programme was reflected in its results; the girls acquired a variety of experience in the field of culinary arts and they enhanced their awareness about the importance, benefits and advantages of domestic cooking,”said Shaikha Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi, Manager of SGG.


“The importance of committing to eating healthy food, prepared at home in accordance with specific safety conditions and procedures,is more important than ever in our modern society, with the proliferation of fast food that we see these days. The negative effects that junk food hason health are scientifically proven and include obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure,” she added.


The first phase of the Master Chef Programme featured five lessons where the girls learned the fundamentals of cooking. At the end of this initial phase, a competition was held in which the girls demonstrated the recipes they had been shown. A jury panel of renowned chefs then selected the best 20 dishes to qualify for the second phase, which focused on the girls’ flair for culinary creativity. From this, the jury picked the best 15 dishes to qualify for the third phase, which saw fierce competition between the 10 brownies who had made it through.Six of these youngsters then qualified for the ‘Professional’ final phase that saw Culinary Boutique chefs evaluate their efforts, with Hamdafinally being awarded the Master Chef title.


Sharjah Girl Guides Master Chef finalists speak about their experiences:


“I was delighted to participate in the Master Chef programme – it helped me discover my culinary abilities and to develop them while avoiding common cookery mistakes,” said Hamda Mohammed Al Marzouqi.


“Throughout this programme, I learned many things that helped me develop my skills and overcome my fears when I am preparing food in the kitchen,” said Fatima Abdul Rahman Al Zar’ouni.


Maytha Saud Al Zamani said: “My participation in the Master Chef programme enhanced my self-confidence and helped me discover my culinary talents, as well as learn a great collection of new recipes.”


Hala Khalid Omar said: “This experience was a unique challenge and a very enjoyable one. I have learned a number of different cooking methods and techniques and am nowhelping my mother with cooking. I am able to give her advice that I learned from the programme.”


RawdahObaid Al Mohairi said: “I was extremely happy to qualify for the finals of Master Chef. The programme enabled me learn the basics of food preparation in the kitchen and I have become much more confident after successfully reaching the finals.”


LamiaYounis Al Zar’ouni said: “It was a fun-filled experience which allowed me to acquire many new culinary skills, such as chopping, paring and how to identify the right ingredients. It also taught me a number offun and artistic techniques to decorate food.”


SGG’s Master Chef programme was the latest in its array of initiatives held throughout the year to advance the skills of Sharjah Girl Guides and their junior peers, the Brownies. Sharjah’s Guiding Movement was first established in 1973, after which it spread across the seven emirates, giving rise to the Girl Guides Association of the United Arab Emirates in 1979.


Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, SGG aims to inspire and nurture future generations to become progressive global citizens by providing a platform for girls to develop to their fullest potential.


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