Favourite Courses - Chef François
Francois Porte: Dubai's Chef Extrordinaire!
Chef Francois was born in 1943 a small town called Valentine in the South of France. He grew up in Valentine until he was 15 years of age.
In 1958 Francois started a 4 year apprenticeship as Commis Chef in a family owned “Hotel de la Gare” in the town of Lannemezan, South of France. He completed his military service in Algeria during the Algiers war as a Chef in the French Legionaires's Officers' Mess.
Sun, Snow and UK
From 1964 to 1966 he spent summer in Lourdes and winter as a Chef in a French Pyrennees Ski Resort. Francois then moved to UK where he was Head Chef of a small restaurant in East Sussex for 3 years. In 1969 the restaurant's lady owner bought a plantation in Barbabos which Francois helped transform into a restaurant and hotel. He stayed in the West Indies for 5 years before returning to the UK to open his own restaurant in Seaford, East Sussex UK.
In 1983 Chef Francois was headhunted by the Chairman of Dubai Country Club who offered Francois his first Head Chef role in the Middle East. Francois quickly raised dining standards at DCC which soon became The Place to dine in Dubai for Members and Non members alike. Francois reputation grew. The British Embassy in Dubai invited Francois to cook for UK's Princess Anne for her 1987 visit to Dubai. Francois stayed at DCC until 1988 when he was offered the Executive Chef's position at Dubai's newly built prestigious Emirates Golf Club. Francois is still Executive Chef at EGC where he has established EGC's Le Classique Restaurant as among the best in Dubai.
Dubai's First Television Cook!
In 1996, girls in Level 5 of Dubai Women's College Communications Technology Department were given one term to produce a "pilot" cookery programme for Television as part of their training programme. After collecting questionnaires from Dubai' shopping malls, the girls decided quick and easy meals cooked by professional chefs were what people wanted to see on TV. Gavin Duthie, Executive Chef Ramada Hotel and Francois Porte, Executive Chef Emirate's Golf Club were selected for their lively personality and professionalism on camera. The Chefs were enthusiastic and soon offering ideas and suggestions for the set design. Dishes were agreed and the Set requirements sent to the Graphics group. With the Set design completed, filming started. The two Chefs took to the cameras like ducks to orange sauce and had a great rapport. Gavin did the commentating while Francois revelled in the cooking! First course was Spaghetti with cream cheese, mushroom and veal bacon, followed by steamed hammour with sauteed vegetables and a saffron and orange sauce. Fresh fruit dessert with raspberry coulis was the finale. The programme required an enormous amount of preparation by the students to achieve professional broadcast standards. "Meals in Minutes" pilot programme was screened on Dubai's Channel 33.