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Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara to host Celebrity Indian Chefs

Guest Chefs from the renowned ‘Imtiaz Qureshi Family’ to serve their signature dishes at Q Lounge and Restaurant

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, the luxury brand’s first resort in Qatar, developed by Al Rayyan Hospitality, offers its guests a taste of traditional Qatari hospitality and a unique resort experience with access to some of the most enticing culinary experiences from across the world.

To further this commitment, the resort will host award winning Master Chefs, Mohammed Irfan Qureshi and Mohammed Ashfaque Qureshi, from the celebrated ‘Imtiaz Qureshi’ family to create a special dining experience for food connoisseurs in Qatar from 1st – 11th of October 2015 at its Q Lounge and Restaurant.

Distinguished for serving heritage with a twist, the Qureshi brothers are regarded as the taste makers of modern Indian cuisine, and will be celebrating their Indian heritage with ancient recipes and culinary secrets that have been passed down from generation to generation, as well as well as introduce new recipes.

Having worked at leading international hotels, the ‘Qureshi’ brothers have taken their heritage cuisine to different corners of the world and treated hundreds and thousands of people with their culinary excellence. With their father, the grand master of Indian cuisine Imtiaz Qureshi being their mentor, the brothers are all set to step foot in Qatar and recreate their award winning delicacies that have won them global laurels.

The famous ‘Qureshi’ surname has been synonymous with good eating for over 200 years and has become a passport to success within the global hospitality industry. Legendary chefs to the great Mughal Emperors of India, the ‘Qureshi’ family have spent a great deal of time and effort in researching and developing cuisines reminiscent of the glorious days of the Mughal Empire. Two special cuisine’s perfected by Qureshi’s categorized as ‘Heritage Cuisine’s’ include the ‘Frontier’ and ‘Dum Pukht’.

The ‘Frontier’ cuisine is considered the legacy of the Grand Master Chef Imtiaz Qureshi, who was responsible for introducing the concept of the ‘stand-up tandoor’ and for adding a touch of perfection to the recipes served at restaurant as well as creating recipes that are now on the menus of tandoori restaurants all over the world. The distinctive and immensely popular ‘Dum Pukht’ cuisine has found a niche for itself with international gourmets worldwide, bearing a resemblance to Persian cuisine.

Commenting on their impending arrival to Qatar, Mr. Thomas Fehlbier, General Manager of Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, said, “The Qureshi’s have a passion for good food and pushing culinary boundaries steeped in rich Indian culinary traditions. Both chefs have pioneered in the art of North Indian cuisine, as being related to the food heritage of the royal Indian courts, and they are renowned for raising culinary masterpieces to the realm of fine art.”

“The brothers, like their father, are the flag bearers of this unique and historic cuisine that they have used it in a contemporary twist for a modern diner, without compromising on the character of the food. For hundreds of years, their ancestors had been cooking for the great Moghuls and now food lovers in Qatar will have a unique opportunity to relish age old recipes and exotic dishes created for royalty,” he added.

The ‘Qureshi’ brothers are part of leading global restaurants that serve gourmet cuisine from India with presence in Malaysia, China, Oman, UAE, USA, South Africa, Thailand and Singapore.

Qatar’s leading and unique resort destination, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara strives to keep guests happy with a smile on their faces at all times by offering something for everyone, from kids’ clubs, teenage vibes, parent’s pleasures and things to do for the over-60s. The resort always offers the promise to experience leisure facilities that are quite simply, second to none.

Only a 25 minute boat ride from Al Shyoukh Terminal on the Corniche in Doha’s downtown area, non-resident guests are welcome to experience selected restaurants at the resort. Bookings must be made in advance. Purchased credit will be used towards guests’ dining experience and as well includes transfer by luxury ferry to and from the island.