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The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) is pleased to announce that Badr Fayez, a member of a new generation of chefs working in the Middle East, will host a cooking demonstration on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 1PM - 2PM. Admission to the museum and culinary demonstration is free and open-to-the-public with the support of Washington D.C. based Middle East Institute.

Offered in the state-of-the-art Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air, Chef Fayez will lead a demonstration and tasting while discussing his mission of elevating Saudi Arabian cuisine. Guests can enjoy close-up action while the talented Chef demonstrates how to prepare authentic dishes from his native country.

The demo begins promptly at 1PM and samples are available on a first come, first served basis. The Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air is located in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans. For further information visit or call 504-267-7490.


About Badr Zuhair Fayez
Badry Fayez is a chef and restaurateur dedicated to elevating Saudi cuisine. Young, energetic, enthusiastic and determined to change the ways that people eat in Saudi Arabia, Chef Fayez is elevating traditional dishes and quality ingredients as he sees his country turning to fast food and processed food options. His impressive resume of gastronomic experiences includes training at Le Cordon Bleu in France, an internship at the Grand Hotel in Vienna, and several months of shadowing chefs in Southeast Asia. After twelve years abroad, Fayez was inspired to return to Saudi Arabia to redefine the contemporary dining industry. In the Kingdom, Fayez noticed that the food and beverage industry had become corrupted by businessmen who only cared about quick financial gain, while neglecting the quality of both food and service. This inspired Fayez to enter the restaurant business and set new standards in the field. Fayez has since opened two restaurants and a bakery in Jeddah. Both restaurants specialized in seafood, one a high-end seafood restaurant and the other a sushi bistro; his bakery, Wheat and Butter Factory, is quickly becoming a presence in the city as one of few by-hand bakeries using only ethical, sustainable, whole ingredients. In addition, Fayez is the CEO of Badr Fayez Catering company, has served as a judge on Master Chef Arabia, and has made countless appearances on live cooking shows. Fayez has a Bachelor of Culinary Arts and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the College of Culinary Arts at the University of Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island. He also holds a degree from Le Cordon Bleu Institute in Basic Cuisine.

About the Middle East Instutute
Founded in 1946, the Middle East Institute is the oldest Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East. Its founders, scholar George Camp Keiser and former U.S. Secretary of State Christian Herter, laid out a simple mandate: "to increase knowledge of the Middle East among the citizens of the United States and to promote a better understanding between the people of these two areas."
MEI has earned a reputation as an unbiased source of information and analysis on this critical region of the world, a reputation it has meticulously safeguarded since its creation. Today, MEI remains a respected, non-partisan voice in the field of Middle East studies.

About Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB)
In September 2014, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB) opened in its new location at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in the renovated Dryades Market, a public food market which first opened in New Orleans in 1847. Named as one of "11 of the World's Top Food Museums" by CNN and one of the "12 Best Museums Around the World" by Elle Decor, SoFAB is a division of the nonprofit National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB), which celebrates the food and drink of all cultures, with a focus on the history of cuisine and cocktails, through a variety of exhibits, programming, and a range of media. Located inside SoFAB are The Museum of the American Cocktail's (MOTAC) New Orleans collection; the Boyd Library, Toup's South restaurant and spectacular exhibits, including La Galerie d'Absinthe.