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Celebrating Saudi Cuisine

Le Cordon Bleu London recently hosted a guest chef demonstration in partnership with Generation 2030 celebrating Saudi cuisine. Generation 2030 is a non-profit organization devoted to building cultural bridges between the Saudi and British youth.

Alongside the opportunity to learn about the rich food culture of Saudi Arabia, the event featured a culinary demonstration from Le Cordon Bleu alumna Khulood Olaqi, a professional chef, entrepreneur and co-founder of Oishii Sushi Restaurant in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Khulood gained a Diploma in Gastronomy, Nutrition and Food Trends at Le Cordon Bleu London in 2021.

Chef Khulood demonstrated her version of a classic Saudi dish, lamb shank with dates and orange, accompanied by rice with vermicceli noodles. Khulood was assisted on the demonstration by Le Cordon Bleu student and TV host, Omar Alwatban.

Khulood Olaqi is the owner of the first female-owned sushi restaurant to open in Riyadh, Oishii Sushi, which opened in 2010, first as a home project while Khulood was studying at university and then as a restaurant. After graduating from university, Khulood decided to pursue a career in food, and took part in several courses at Le Cordon Bleu London as part of her training. She holds a BA in Health Education, and several culinary arts degrees from Singapore, UK and France. Khulood is a positive and ambitious person who seeks to share her passion for cooking on her social media accounts in a simple way with a meaningful message.