1. Beef bourguignon

‘What better way to express your love but to serve this French classic preparation, beef bourguignon. It’s rich flavours make it a luxurious main course dish, best served with a fresh salad and slices of crusty bread – preferably garlic-infused – to soak up all the juices.’ Dominic Petzold is executive chef at Beef Bistro, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre.

2. Pan-fried salmon with fruit salsa and duo of mashed potato

‘I wonder what is Valentine’s food. Is it regular dishes with lots of heart shapes and roses? Nothing wrong with it, but I believe it should be food that your partner loves most. So I am sharing the recipes of my wife’s and mine favourite dishes with a little Valentine presentation.’ Uwe Micheel is director of kitchen at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek.

3. Gulf prawn and smoked duck in Thai curry

Uwe Micheel is director of kitchen at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek.

4. Barrah kebab

‘Valentine’s Day is celebrated with and for your loved ones! So I chose these two dishes, keeping my wife in mind. These dishes happen to be my favourite too.’ Bobby Retnakumar Geetha is executive chef of Asha’s Restaurants.

5. Sweet bowl

Bobby Retnakumar Geetha is executive chef of Asha’s Restaurants.

6. Gazpacho with strawberry

‘Strawberry is one of the most loved berries, and it also represents love. Apart from the sweet taste, its colour and heart shape makes it a perfect ingredient for Valentine’s Day.’ Tom König is head chef at Brothaus Bakery Bistro, Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai.

7. Berries velvet cake

‘Red is the colour of passion and love! It’s the perfect cake to gift to your loved one – or cook it together!’ Nickola D’souza is pastry chef for Cakes by Heidi, Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai.