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Yasser Jad has a dream to open a fine dining cookery school in Saudi Arabia.
He founded the Saudi Arabian Chefs Association three years ago to create a network among his country's best cooks and encourage them to improve their skills and now has 270 members.
But he believes there's more to do in developing fine dining.
Read the full story: "Saudi foodies ditch fast food for fine dining"
Women in the West Bank town of Nablus are preparing to open a cookery school to teach Palestinian specialties to foodie tourists.
The school will be part of a cultural and social center, called Bait Al Karama, and will be the first women-led cookery school in the Palestinian Territories, according to its organizers.
It has already joined the Slow Food movement, the international association set up to combat fast food culture and concerned with organic, locally-sourced food.
Read Hungry for adventure? Head to West Bank cookery school and get recipes for Knafeh and Makloubet Zaher below.
Amman, Jordan (CNN) - It's not the sheep he uses to keep his grape vines tidy that make Omar Zumot's wines unusual. Nor is it the fish he uses as a source of fertilizer.
What truly sets Zumot's wines apart is the fact that they come not from the lush vineyards typically found in France or California, but from the hot and arid plains of Jordan.
"My father was a vintner since 1954, and it has always been his dream and our dream to produce a good wine of Jordan," Zumot told CNN.
"You know when I was four years of age, he would always tell me this country can produce the best wine in the world."