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Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century

Afternoon Tea 21 - UAE 2018

Another chapter was opened in the culinary history of the United Arab Emirates with the debut of the 'Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century' contest by family tea company Dilmah. Challenging Chefs and Hospitality professionals to reimagine tea and the most popular occasion for tea. The contest was judged at GulfHost with the support of ICCA, with spectacular culinary and mixology, novel presentation and great tea-producing truly 21st Century Afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century continues the 8 year journey of Dilmah’s global Real High Tea Challenge which involved 710 contestants across the world and concluded with the Global Challenge in 2015. The new contest will continue around the world with professional and amateur level contests in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

Meet The Teams

Patrick & Chaminda Pullman

Abhinav & Ahmed Radisson Blu Deira Creek

Julian & Carlos Park Hyatt AUH

Sarwar & Clinton Jumeirah Hospitality

Ruslan & Ramesh Aloft DCC

Cynthia & Solongo Media Rotana

Vipin & Nabeel Amwaj Rotana

Ajay & Crystal Media Rotana


Amwaj Rotana
Best Table Award won by Aloft
Hilton Jumeira
Madinat Jumeirah
Media Rotana
Park Hyatt AUH
Tea Reimagined : Pullman Hotels and Resorts Emerge Overall Winners https://www.youtube.com/embed/nRKCG8B2er8
Until Next Time Dubai https://www.youtube.com/embed/tfby1kjU-TU
Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century challenge - Day 01 https://www.youtube.com/embed/2kFqt8oIVR0
Aloft uses the Force. https://www.youtube.com/embed/IMzybZE7YyI
Radisson Blu Deira’s dynamic duo serve up a stunning pairing at ATF21 https://www.youtube.com/embed/DFKCjCk36gw

Winning Menus

Pullman Menu Pullman

Park Hyatt Menu Park Hyatt AUH

Radisson Blu Menu Radisson Blu Deira Creek

Aloft DCC Menu Aloft DCC

Jumeirah Hospitality Menu Jumeirah Hospitality

Special Awards

Aloft DCC Best Table Layout

Park Hyatt AUH Best Iced Tea

Pullman Perfect Cup of Tea

Pullman Best Pairing

Radisson Blu Deira Creek Best Menu

Madinat Jumeirah Conference and Incentives Best Tea-Inspired Dish