Dubai Bans Cooking with Booze


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When one thinks of a ban on alcohol, an image of snazzy flappers in a tucked away speakeasy comes to mind, not an image of disenfranchised chefs. A new policy in Dubai states that no menu can offer a dish cooked with alcohol, not even hotel restaurants, which cater largely to non-Muslim tourists. A 2003 law banned the usage of alcohol in foods, but because it was widely ignored and because of “complaints from customers,” the new policy will force chefs to remove dishes with a little extra sauce from their menu. The fine for a little wine? Between Dh5,000 and Dh20,000, approximately $1,360 US.

[via Cold Mud]

—Ann Marie Awad

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  1. Wow! I think one of my Trader Vic's dishes is gone, gone, gone!

  2. That's gotta suck big time!

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