“Baking is a professional hobby of mine. I create, test and bake my own recipes,” says Dr Fawwaz. “It’s a science really. I have a taste for gourmet foods that are made from quality natural ingredients that look as good as they taste.”
The cafe serves contemporary fusion Euro-American cuisine with Emirati inspired flavours and spices. It’s a visually exciting, dining experience through savoury and sweet dishes made from the highest quality of fresh, natural, organic and ethically-sourced ingredients served in a one-of-a-kind stylish retail boutique. There are healthy beverages, organic coffee and tea to accompany a clever afternoon tea service. You can design your own cake from a selection of flavours and buttercreams.
Having graduated from the George Washington University with a PHD in Genetics followed by an MBA from London Business School, Dr Fawwaz was previously Vice President of Healthcare at Mubadala Development Company in the capital.
“A background in healthcare has certainly helped me run my business successfully,” claims the entrepreneur. “I have an understanding of why it’s important to produce good food, from great products.”
The baker adamantly believes good food should not only be reserved for five-star hotels. “You should be able to get homemade dishes in cafes and that’s the gap we intended to plug,” she says. “GOSSIP is an urban-casual-chic ambiance with a sassy relaxed vibe that serves wholesome and healthy food, with the option of something naughty too.”
The big goal for the future is to take GOSSIP to the world. “I think I’ve done well, but I strive to do better,” she says. “I’d love to take GOSSIP international, and be recognised as an Emirati brand around the world. Life is the best teacher and I’ll learn as I go. I’ll get there one day.”