From Bahrain to the World's Culinary Stage
Born and raised in Bahrain, Chef Manal Al Faez completed her Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts at B.H.M.S. in 2020 and now works as a General Manager at the Gulf Institute of Culinary Arts in Manama, Bahrain.
"Always welcome any tip or constructive comments from people, even if you disagree, because you never know when you’ll be in need of it in the future."
Manal returned to the country she grew up in with a repertoire of international experience, gained from her time in Switzerland and from working at The Ritz Carlton in the USA. She went on to share her expertise at the Gulf Hotel and later, as a culinary instructor and then General Manager at the Gulf Institute of Culinary Arts (G.I.C.A.). In her current position, her focus is on elevating culinary education in Bahrain and the Middle East.
When asked what advice she would give to anyone hoping to advance in the industry, Manal said, “Always welcome any tip or constructive comments from people, even if you disagree, because you never know when you’ll be in need of it in the future. Long hours and rigorous days will only benefit you in the long run, so it might seem challenging in the beginning, but you’ll feel rewarded after your day at work, and you’ll feel more appreciative of the little things in life.”
Manal’s journey is a testament to the power of hard work, continuous learning, and embracing new opportunities.