The story of the Sidra

The Sidra tree is a symbol of Qatar, associated with strength, resilience, and camaraderie - the stuff football legends are made of. For this truly ground breaking tournament - the Sidra tree will extend its welcome branch to a new world of visitors, sharing stories of endurance, passion and culture. Gather round. Your story starts here.

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A word from the chef

I’m Chef Marcel Finsterer Graf von Bassewitz and I grew up in Germany.

I started my culinary career in Spain, where I learnt my craft. I have been all over the world with my job – it’s amazing to be exposed to so many cultures, styles and flavours. From Japan, Dubai, London, St.Barts and Munich, each location has taught me so much – which comes through in my cooking. My specialism is Japanese cuisine and I have honed my skills working for some of the best Japanese restaurants in the world, such as Nobu, Zuma and Sexy Fish, in addition to great hotels such as The Savoy in London.

The experience the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ offers me as a chef is unrivalled. It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with so many different people and cultures with the strict time pressures of multiple football matches while maintaining excellence in delivery for our guests.

I'm proud to be representing MATCH Club.