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    Selma Abualia

    Top Chef

    F&B Consultant

    United Arab Emirates - Dubai
    Diploma, Diploma in Culinary Arts
    5 years, 2 months

    Work Experience

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    Top Chef

    F&B Consultant
    October 2015
    To Present
    United Arab Emirates - Dubai
    Menu design and engineering, Concept development and financial feasibility, Full brand identity development and deliverables, Kitchen and technical designs, Recruitment of front and back of house, Staff training, Product Sourcing, I.T / POS / Accounts - selecting appropriate softwares and implementation

    Freelancer, Private Catering & Cooking Classes

    Freelancer, Private Catering & Cooking Classes
    June 2012
    To Present
    United Arab Emirates - Dubai
    Private seated dinners: 3 course and 5 course meal (up to 300 guests)
    Private cooking classes: 12 lessons in basic cooking methods & modern variation of traditional recipes (up to 6 students)
    Private cooking classes with International Women’s Association (IWA), up to 10 students

    Executive Chef

    Jenja Restaurant / Bar / Club
    February 2014
    To January 2015
    -Trained all kitchen & stewarding staff
    -Established a management system with thorough manuals for all kitchen & stewarding departments
    -Developed a stable relationship with quality suppliers
    -Ensured all food preparation areas are safe and hygienic with cleaning systems and schedules
    -Set up all administrative, control and inventory systems and procedures for food and kitchen department
    -Overlooked purchasing and receiving systems for efficiency, proper handling, and storage
    -Provided full catering services for events

    Founder/Project Manager -

    Chef Selma’s Table at the Grand Hyatt
    December 2012
    To February 2013
    Jordan - Amman
    -Created a five course dinner menu, hired and trained all staff
    -Designed and set up the venue
    -Managed live cooking instructions and dinner service


    Top Chef Middle East (Season 2)
    December 2011
    To February 2012
    Lebanon - Bekaa
    -Participated in 13 episodes of various cooking and management challenges
    -Attended 2 week tour in Australia; visiting Meat and Livestock Australia, Top Cut meat factory, other productions companies and butcheries
    -Participated in Salon Culinaire Lebanon 2013
    -Participated in Gulf Food Dubai 2013
    -Featured in Hospitality News Magazine


    Sheraton Hotel
    November 2009
    To January 2010
    Jordan - Amman
    Trained in the F&B department, main and hot kitchens

    Extra years of experience not listed above:  None  


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    Diploma, Diploma in Culinary Arts

    at The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
    Jordan - Amman
    December 2012

    Bachelor's degree, B.A. Modern Languages- Spanish/English

    at University of Jordan
    Jordan - Amman
    December 2009

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