A Caliente Story: Chef Abdulrahman Enani


Chef Abdulrahman studied hospitality management but it a firm believer in working from the bottom to the top.

“I knew I wanted to cook. It’s not about studying; it’s about starting from the bottom – I worked as a dishwasher and sometimes even for free helping out in He then decided to move to professionally at a restaurant his learning and experience.”

The chef says that he has always been surrounded by good food and that his inclination their creations impacted him on a deeper level. “I grew up eating delicious food; my mom appreciate food more.”

Chef Abdulrahman always knew he wanted to be a chef. Still, telling his parents it was the career he wanted to pursue was initially challenging, “Five to six years ago, it wasn’t a great idea to say to your parents that you wanted to become a chef, there was a bit of shame associated with it. So I kept quiet about it for a while, but when i decided, I knew that this was the path for me.”

Now owner and chef at the Caliente food truck Chef Abdulrahman is bringing his unique knowledge of Latin cuisine to Jeddah city “Firstly I would like to say that it’s not really about the food truck, It’s more about me and the food I want to be very interactive with people like face to face, I want to teach them about food, and not to be afraid to try new things. I want to expose them to good food to make them try things that they wouldn’t usually try.”

Latin food is not just tacos, the Chef emphasizes sternly, “People just think its Tacos, and it’s not at my food truck. I dishes normally, give them a try and tell me that they loved the flavors and that’s what excites me about food.”

He advises the youth that wants to take up culinary arts to pursue it becasue they want to and not just because it’s trendy. “It’s all about starting from the bottom, the real culinary world is tough, but for me, it’s worth it.”

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All For The Love of Food: Chef Amal Fakeih


Flavors personified.

33-year-old passionate mother and chef Amal Fakeih gleefully shares that cooking and food have always been a massive part of her life.  She has fond memories of cooking with her grandmother, mother, and siblings and recollects, “One of my fondest childhood memories is going to a teppanyaki-style restaurant with my mother, it was our special date night outing, and I just loved watching the chef cook and remember being so mesmerized by the techniques and skills he had, and that’s something I like to see with my kids.”

Upon being asked about how she decided on choosing the culinary field, she said,  “I was never really good at school, and once I decided to go to Le Cordon Bleu in London, even though I was only 18 at the time, Alhamdulillah I was one of the four from twenty that graduated with the grand diplome (diploma) in 2006”.

Chef Amal recalls, “When I came back to Saudi, the culinary field wasn’t yet known for Saudi female chefs in Jeddah, so I continued my education in learning different cuisines in the Art Institute of Washington in the United States.” She fell in love with being a Chef and everything that came with it. She was enamored by how culinary art teaches discipline, time management, creativity, and organization. The more she explored the field, the more she discovered why she loves it.

In 2012 Amal and her family opened the Young Chefs Academy. For seven years, she enjoyed the experience of educating young minds about the culinary profession while teaching them the joy and value of cooking.

“From there, I decided I wanted to know about management, so I continued my education and went back to the Le Cordon Bleu  London in 2017 and did the culinary arts management diploma, and that’s when we decided to open up Extension Seventeen.” 

Extension Seventeen (Ext.Seventeen) is Chef Amal’s masterstroke. The restaurant serves delectable breakfast and brunch with a homey and comforting ambiance that feels like a warm hug with a side of a runny yolk. The menu consists of simple good food that infuses Saudi flavors with a french twist using Chef Amal techniques at school. “So Ext.Seventeen is the number of the telephone extension at my parent’s house living room. It’s where all our gatherings happen, whether it’s to eat, make important decisions,  laugh or cry, fight or hug. It’s the core of our home. And we all call that room the number 17, so that’s how the name of the restaurant came to be”

What makes Chef Amal the proudest for the state of the culinary world in the Kingdom is how much it has progressed in a matter of years, “I love how the field of culinary arts is receiving the respect it deserves. Finally, I can see Saudis accepting it as a career proudly as before it was unfortunately looked at as something to be ashamed of. It makes me so happy to see it flourishing through determined chefs who never quit and show the love for this field. And that’s how it started to evolve by the support for each other and motivation that being in the culinary world is an absolute joy!”

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Leading with a difference The Eradat Batal Club


Unique and Determined, the Eradat Batal is a one-of-a-kind activities club in Jeddah with a team of well-equipped professionals; they organize recreational sports events providing free and interactive entertainment for people with disabilities in the city.

In 2019, The association united with One world, an initiative aiming to integrate people with disabilities into their community through activities and workshops to create a club Aalam Alabtaal; together, they organize engaging activities through their football, basketball, cycling, horse riding clubs, along with other active sports working with various institutions like the Saudi Sports for All Federation.46f2f7f9-0d75-4787-9421-d965d0e7c9a4-copy

Their upcoming events include collaborating with Hejaz Ploggers for an event focused on bringing awareness towards a better environment. They also have regular interactive programs and engaging activities via Zoom, making it convenient for many to attend and participate remotely.139569974_258879118927881_3972451439878378838_n-copy

To read more about their programs and upcoming events, head to their website eradatbatal.com and social media @eradatbatal @oneland2020 and @aalam_alabtaal