Kochfreunde.com is the culinary magazine of Oliver Wagner. Here, everything revolves around the almost most beautiful thing in the world: good food. The focus ranges from reports on exciting restaurants to recipes from his own kitchen, cookbooks and culinary gadgets.


Kochfreunde.com ist das kulinarisches Magazin von Oliver Wagner. Hier dreht sich alles rund um die beinahe schönste Sache der Welt: Gutes Essen. Dabei reicht der Fokus von Berichten über spannende Restaurants bis hin zu Rezepten aus der eigenen Küche, Kochbücher und kulinarische Gadgets.

Instagram: Issam Koteich

What impresses most about Isaam Koteich ‘s pictures are the often clear lines and the unambiguous focus. Issam is a freelance catering consultant in Dubai and regularly hosts private dinners for a small, select audience. The Venezuelan-born chef whips up beautifully creative plates and compositions and has quickly made it to over 26,000 Instagram followers.

In conversation, he explains that the gastronomic scene in Dubai is currently a bit boring (I can definitely confirm this). It is often copied and much imitated – but in between there are always exceptional and really good addresses. If you know where…

Ants – Cassava – Grapes

Isaam prefers to use local products, especially fish. However, many ingredients in Dubai have to be imported, of course. His creations on Instagram are currently characterized by a great clarity. Of course, the results always depend on his current mood and the products used

Labneh – Mint – Cucumber – Dukkah – Black tea

I am of course struck by the numerous and very different plates that Issam uses. The spectrum ranges from Ikea to Japanese high-end manufactures – but his collection is not particularly small, he reveals.

Slow cooked egg yolk – Valdeón – White truffle – Pork demi glace

He always approaches a new dish starting from the main ingredient and then gradually adds other components, especially in terms of a good balance between taste, texture and appearance. He makes most of the decisions intuitively, without letting the courts get too complex. Reduction to the essence of a dish is more important to him than always adding more elements.

Isaam amazingly shoots all the images using only an iPhone 6 and using natural light.

Monkfish – Monkfish Liver – Persimmon- black and white garlic – Seaweed Adobo

Recent pictures of Isaam Koteich on Instagram:

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