Catering News ME

Izu Ani: A chef of principle

by Staff writer | 12 Jun 2016

As Izu Ani departs Emaar Hospitality’s La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie, he reveals his next exciting venture and some key learnings that will stand him in good stead along the way. Crystal Chesters reports. Izu Ani first made his mark in Dubai as the opening head chef of French fine-dining restaurant, La Petite Maison, which

Host Milan to award innovative hospitality technology

by Staff writer | 12 Jun 2016

Biennial international hospitality exhibition, Host Milan, will once again award an innovative product for the industry with its Smart Label at the next edition of the show. Awarded in collaboration with, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano, this year’s Smart Label award is focused on products that successfully implement the internet of things into their

Two Dubai venues make World’s Best Restaurants list

by Staff writer | 12 Jun 2016

Zuma Dubai has been ranked highest in the MENA on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 ranking. The Japanese restaurant, which celebrates its fifth consecutive year on the list, has been placed at joint number 89 in the world along with new entrant, Benu in San Francisco. Zuma global managing director, Ajaz Sheikh said: “It

Cafe specialising in dishes under 500 calories opens in Dubai

by Staff writer | 11 Jun 2016

Under 500, a café concept that offers healthy dinners and dessert options with fewer than 500 calories has opened two locations in Dubai. The venues in Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Business Bay, offer an à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Co-founder of the concept, Fadi Ghali said: “We pride ourselves on only serving our customers

Sheraton Dubai Creek to hand out iftar boxes to 100 taxi drivers

by Staff writer | 10 Jun 2016

On 21 June, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers will celebrate Ramadan by giving out iftar boxes to 100 taxi drivers. The hotel is taking part in Starwood Hotels’ ‘Iftar for Cabs’ programme, now in its seventh year, which sees Starwood hotels and staff across the region provide iftar packages to taxi drivers. Between 5.30pm

Interview: Mango Tree Worldwide CEO, Trevor Mackenzie

by Staff writer | 09 Jun 2016

As Mango Tree Worldwide closes its only Middle Eastern outlet at the prime location of Dubai’s Souk Al Bahar, managing director Trevor Mackenzie asserts that the Thai brand will return to the region before the end of 2016. After almost a decade of operations, Bangkok-founded Thai restaurant brand Mango Tree will depart from what is

Middle East semifinalists announced for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016

by Staff writer | 09 Jun 2016

Ten semifinalists from the Middle East and Africa have been selected to compete for the chance to go forward to the global final of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 awards. Among the MEA semifinalists are three chefs from the UAE and one from Kuwait: Eka Mochamad, Bateaux Dubai; Gregorie Berger, Restaurant Ossiano Fine Dining –

Market restaurant concept Bazxar to open in Dubai

by Staff writer | 09 Jun 2016

Bazxar, a food-market-restaurant-wine-bar concept will open this month in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).  The concept has been created by Kunal Lahori’s company Create Hospitality, which is behind Spanish tapas restaurant concept, El Sur and coffee shop and deli, Prêt to Go. The interiors have been created by Bishop Design, and feature contemporary art, rustic

Wendy’s and Costa Coffee franchisee introduces gender equality policies

by Staff writer | 08 Jun 2016

Alghanim Industries, the company behind Wendy’s and Costa Coffee franchise operations, has introduced new policies to promote gender diversity across the GCC. The policies are in line with Alghanim Industries’ gender diversity agenda, which aims to increase the number of working women in the private sector. George Lambros, Alghanim Industries chief human resources officer, said:

Operation: Falafel opens 24-hour venue opposite Burj Khalifa

by Staff writer | 08 Jun 2016

Operation: Falafel, an Arabic street food concept has opened its fourth outlet in Downtown Dubai on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. The venue, which has a capacity for 80 diners, is open 24 hours for dine-in and takeaway. The menu includes Arabic street food items such as musabbaha, Manaeesh, muhalabia, shawermas and falafels. Outdoor seating

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