Indian Hotels Company Limited appoints new CEO

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Sep 2017

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has appointed Puneet Chhatwal as its new chief executive officer and managing director to drive performance and oversee the next phase of expansion of the hotel group. Chhatwal is currently chief executive officer and member of the Executive Board of Steigenberger Hotels AG – Deutsche Hospitality, a European hotel […]

Aldar launches waterfront development on Yas Island

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Sep 2017

Abu Dhabi-based property developer Aldar Properties PJSC has announced launch of Water’s Edge – a new AED 2.4 billion, 2,255-property waterfront development on Yas Island, which is home to seven hotels. With exercise and recreation facilities, retail, restaurants and cafes, Water’s Edge comprises 13 apartment buildings with private courtyards, landscaped areas, pools, multipurpose courts and […]

Barcelona-inspired tapas concept Toro & Ko opens in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Sep 2017

Barcelona-inspired tapas bar Toro & Ko will open in Dubai this month at City Walk’s licensed dining destination, The Square. The concept, from award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, has locations in Boston, New York and Bangkok. Chef and co-owner, Jamie Bissonnette, said: “We are counting down the days until the opening of Toro […]

Opinion: Food safety for small businesses

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Sep 2017

Michel Bayoud, founder and CEO of Boecker World Holding explains how small and medium sized F&B businesses can achieve food safety accreditation without HACCP and ISO certificates. Food Safety management systems (FSMS) provide a pre-emptive approach for identifying, preventing and reducing foodborne hazards, thereby minimising the risk of food poisoning and making food safe for […]

Talent interview: Tools of the Trade

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Sep 2017

Shammi De Costa, executive sous chef at Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, says starting from grassroots level is the best way to build strong foundations as a chef. Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? I started off as a commis cook to the chef de partie at Café de Paris […]

Emaar opens Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Sep 2017

Emaar Hospitality Group will open new restaurant concept Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera this month. Managed by Emaar Hospitality Group’s Lifestyle Dining division, the restaurant marks the regional debut of world-renowned chef, Sean Connolly. Connolly said: “Dubai was no doubt my first choice to mark the expansion of branded restaurants to the Middle East, and […]

Deadline extended: Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Sep 2017

The deadline for entries to the Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards organised by Catering News Middle East, has been extended to 6pm on Sunday 10 September. Following the huge success of the inaugural event last year, the Leaders in F&B Awards returns on Monday 30 October 2017 at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort […]

Rational launches hood for extra small combi-steamer

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Sep 2017

Kitchen equipment specialist Rational has launched its condensation hood UltraVent Plus XS, offering improved air quality in the front cooking area of the SelfCookingCenter XS. The new accessory makes even grilling and pan frying in the front cooking area possible without steam or air impurities, making it perfect for open kitchens in restaurants, supermarkets and […]

Mint Leaf of London hires new executive chef

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Sep 2017

Pradeep Khullar has joined Mint Leaf of London in Dubai as executive chef, bringing a decade of experience working at restaurants in Dubai and India. In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of the restaurant and lounge and will overhaul the menu, with a focus on contemporary Indian cuisine. He commented: “Joining Mint […]

Glenfiddich hosts final of Experimental Bartender Competition

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Sep 2017

Single Malt Scotch, Glenfiddich, will host the final of the Experimental Bartender Competition on Wednesday 13 September at Le Cirque in DIFC, Dubai. Five of the region’s best bartenders will present their ideas to the public at pop-up bars before the winner is crowned Most Experimental Bartender. The winner will go to the global final […]









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