The Pro Chef Middle East to relaunch in the Middle East

The Pro Chef Middle East, part of CPI Media Group is set to relaunch in September 2017 across the Middle East. The relaunch will see the magazine’s print and online issue published quarterly and will focus on chef interviews, recipes, industry trends and news. The magazine will be distributed as a complimentary publication to professional culinary teams as well as leading F&B suppliers and producers across the region.

The relaunch will also see the appointment of Sophie McCarrick to the role of Editor. Having worked across the group’s titles for five years, Sophie was previously Deputy Editor of The Pro Chef Middle East and is currently Editor of BBC Good Food Middle East, which she will continue to hold. In her new role, she will be responsible for all print content planning within the magazine as well as writing, editing and conceptualising new ideas for features and supplements. She will also assist with the planning of brand events such as chef competitions and the annual The Pro Chef Middle East Awards, to be held in November 2017.

“Having worked on The Pro Chef Middle East brand two years ago as Deputy Editor, I’m extremely excited to see the magazine relaunch following my new role as Editor,” says Sophie. “Backed by a wealth of talented and passionate chefs, the region’s F&B scene continues to go from strength to strength and I look forward to seeing the publication support ongoing growth.”

Voting opens for BBC Good Food ME Awards

Voting has opened for the seventh annual BBC Good Food Middle East Awards, hosted by BBC Good Food Middle East magazine, part of CPI Media Group. There are 32 awards up for grabs this year, with new categories including; Best Afternoon Tea, Best Business Lunch and Best Food Delivery App. Voting for the awards closes on October 13, 2016 and winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 7, 2016.

“Our awards are all about celebrating the best in food across the region from a consumer’s point of view and along with new categories that can be voted for online, I’m excited to announce that we have added an ‘Up and Coming Chef of the Year’ award, which is a cook-off judged by a panel of experts and runs alongside our famous ‘Chef of The Year’ competition,” says Sophie McCarrick, Editor, BBC Good Food Middle East.

To vote in the awards, visit

Surena Chande to leave Hospitality Business Middle East

Former Deputy Editor of Hospitality Business Middle East Surena Chande has made the move to freelance journalism and blogging. With over three years of experience, Surena has worked on publications including Ahlan!, Cosmopolitan Middle East, Good Taste, La Femme and BBC Good Food Middle East. She will now be working on digital media and print for both consumer and trade publications, as well as blogging on lifestyle, fashion, beauty and travel at

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at CPI Media Group on great publications,” says Surena. “However, I’m now looking forward to diversifying across a selection of titles and brands, both in the region and internationally, as well as focussing on my blog that has been somewhat neglected while working full-time.”


BBC Good Food ME winners announced

The sixth annual BBC Good Food Middle East Awards 2015 took place on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina. With over 350 people from the industry in attendance, the awards were voted for by consumers and recognised restaurants and culinary brands across a range of categories, with winners including Ripe Market for Favourite Health Food Store/Market, Samantha Wood of Foodiva for Best Food Blogger and Marina Social for Best New Restaurant – Dubai.

“Our awards are all about celebrating the best in food from across the region and recognising the tremendous growth seen in the Middle East’s F&B sector over the past year,” says Sophie McCarrick, Editor, BBC Good Food Middle East. “I’d like to congratulate not only the winners, but also all of our finalists, for making the event a great success! I’m really looking forward to another exciting year of development ahead.”

The full list of winners can be viewed at


Voting opens for BBC Good Food Awards 2015

Voting has now opened for the sixth annual BBC Good Food Middle East Awards, hosted by BBC Good Food Middle East, part of CPI Media Group. There are 28 awards up for grabs this year, with categories including ‘Chef of the Year’, ‘Best Brunch’ and ‘Best Food Blogger’. Consumers are encouraged to vote for their favourite nominees in each category online, with the exception of Chef of the Year, who will be determined by an independent judging panel.

To vote, visit

Nominations open for BBC Good Food ME Awards 2014

Nominations are now open for the fifth annual BBC Good Food Middle East Awards. The nomination phase will run until September 30, 2014, with two new categories added to the list – Best Sustainable Restaurant and Best Food Blogger – taking the total number of awards to 35. Nominations can be made at

Categories for the BBC Good Food Middle East Awards 2014 include:

FINE DINING: Restaurant of the Year Dubai, Restaurant of the Year Abu Dhabi,  Best New Restaurant Dubai (opened on or after January 2014),   Best New Restaurant Abu Dhabi (opened on or after January 2014), Restaurant of the Year – Doha, Qatar – NEW Category, Chef of the Year, Best European, Best Asian, Best Contemporary British,Best Latin American, Best Indian, Best Middle Eastern, Best Steakhouse, Best Brunch, Best Italian, Best Seafood and Best Experiential Dining Venue (an outlet that offers a unique entertainment experience along with great food)

CASUAL DINING: Best International, Best Indian, Best Asian, Best Middle Eastern and Best Café

INGREDIENTS: Favourite Supermarket, Favourite Speciality Food Store/Market, Favourite Brand for Store Cupboard Items, Favourite Dairy Brand, Favourite Olive Oil Brand, Favourite Tea Brand, Favourite Coffee Brand and Favourite Juice Brand

ACCESSORIES: Favourite Large Kitchen Appliance Brand, Favourite Small Kitchen Appliance Brand and Favourite Tableware Store

NEW CATEGORIES: Best Sustainable Restaurant and Best Food Blogger

The awards ceremony will take place on January 28, 2015, with a venue yet to be confirmed.

BBC Good Food winners announced

The fourth annual BBC Good Food Middle East Awards took place on Wednesday evening at The Address, Dubai Marina. New category winners included Best New Restaurant, Doha, which was awarded to Market by Jean Georges, W Doha Hotel & Residences, Best Seafood Restaurant, which went to Bice Mare, and Best Experiential Dining, which was awarded to The Act Dubai.

“This year’s awards were a resounding success, with everyone who attended – not just the winners – having had a great time,” says Sudeshna Ghosh, Editor of BBC Good Food Middle East magazine. “The results were a mix of some surprise winners as well as some long-time favourites coming out on top.”

For a full list of winners, visit

Lonely Planet Traveller & BBC Good Food relocate

Lonely Planet Traveller Middle East and BBC Good Food Middle East have moved to new offices. The entire editorial, sales, marketing and events teams have shifted to CPI Media Group’s headquarters in TECOM. The new address is office 804, Grosvenor Business Tower, TECOM and the switchboard number is 04-440-9100. Individual email addresses and direct lines remain the same.