After 14 weeks of grueling competition, Selma Abu Alia, a 2011 graduate of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, won the 2012 Top Chef Middle East competition. Selma was recognized as the winner during the final episode of the second season of Top Chef Middle East on July 16, 2012.
Top Chef Middle East is based on the American reality television show Top Chef. The contestants compete week after week in a variety of culinary competitions that test their ability to prepare specific dishes within set time limits or to specifically showcase their culinary creativity. The culinary results are judged by the show’s host Joumana Mrad and Head Chef Joe Barza, and a weekly panel of professional chefs and other personalities from the food industry with one or more contestant eliminated in each episode. Selma was the youngest of the 27 chefs who participated in the competition from throughout the Middle East, including executive chefs from a variety of renowned establishments in the region.
As winner of the Top Chef competition, Selma won a $50,000 cash prize, a 4 month internship in Australia, training in London and a guaranteed job at The Atlantis in Dubai.
To learn more about the winning chef, you can read a recent interview here: http://www.mysecretjordan.com/features/10-t3asheh-w-tmesheh/293-the-prodigal-chef.html
You can learn more about Top Chef Middle East, see pictures, recipes and full episodes on the LBC website http://www.lbcgroup.tv/top-chef/episodes