Name: Mahmoud Salem
Title: Head of Marketing
Chef: Gordon Ramsay.
Cooking show: Guy’s Grocery Games.
Cookbook: The Food Lab.
Q: What experience most defined your decision and desire to get into the food industry?
My wife, and my love for food, that’s for sure! My wife is a baker, cake decorator and a great cook. She inspires me whenever she comes up with something new, and I’m usually her taste tester, hence my love and passion for food in general. I have always wondered how restaurant kitchens operate, and what the secrets behind all the successful restaurants are. This curiousity made me dig deeper, and discover the treasure of the F&B industry.
Q: What do you love the most about your current job?
There’s a lot to love about being a modern marketer. Our profession is getting more creative and more technical at the same time. We can start with a cool idea, inform it with up-to-the-minute data, and share it with the world, all without leaving our desks. We get paid to write, create, and build relationships. If we’re doing the job right, we can have fun and actually, genuinely help people at the same time.
Q: Where is your favorite place to shop for food and ingredients in Kuwait?
Dean & Deluca.
Q: What food most reminds you of your family’s house, and why?
An Egyptian dish called Fattah. This dish reminds me of family gatherings during Eid holidays, and is usually eaten with a big crowd. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy great food with people they love and adore!?
Q: When you want to go somewhere else to eat, where do you go and why?
The Cheesecake Factory – I love their menu!
Q: Who in the world would you most like to cook for?
My wife and my mom.
Q: Name 3 ingredients that start with the first letter of your name.
Mushrooms, mayonnaise, mozzarella.
Q: What do you think will be the biggest food trend of 2018?
Indian street food.