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Club Rational welcomes 100,000th member

by Crystal Chesters | 11 Jun 2017

The 100,000th member has joined Club Rational, an internet portal for professional chefs launched by kitchen technology company, Rational. The club was founded in 2006 and today has platforms in 18 countries and in 15 languages. Sarah Obernosterer, marketing manager, Rational commented: “Through the Club Rational, our customers have access to ConnectedCooking, the networked kitchen. […]

Latin spirit in Abu Dhabi

by Crystal Chesters | 08 Jun 2017

Following the launch of the second Coya in the UAE, the brand’s global executive chef, Sanjay Dwivedi, speaks to Catering News about how the venue in the capital compares to its big brother in Dubai. The second UAE Coya opened its doors in March at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi as part […]

Operation: Falafel franchise opens in Ajman

by Crystal Chesters | 08 Jun 2017

Dubai’s-based Operation: Falafel, has opened a franchised outlet in a shipping container on Ajman Corniche. The restaurant is the company’s first franchise outside of Dubai in the UAE, and will be operated by Alma Restaurants LLC. Operation: Falafel, a concept from AWJ Investments, serves up a contemporary take on traditional Arabic street food flavours. The […]

Coffee Planet signs franchise deal for 70 outlets in Saudi Arabia

by Crystal Chesters | 07 Jun 2017

Dubai-based coffee roaster, Coffee Planet, has signed a 10-year franchise agreement with HB Brands to open 70 outlets across Saudi Arabia. Coffee Planet, known for its 100% Arabica specialty coffee, recently launched a new franchise concept with the aim of increasing its global presence with franchise partners. The brand currently has franchise outlets in the […]

Vis Mundi acquires substantial stake in Dubai’s Kcal

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Jun 2017

Investment company, Vis Mundi, has acquired a substantial stake in Dubai-based healthy eating brand, Kcal Group, through one of its affiliated companies. The investment and active strategic involvement of Vis Mundi will support the company’s expansion through financing, strategic resources, strengthened management and implementation of global best practices. Commenting on the transaction, Salvatore Caizzone, founder […]

New F&B manager joins Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Jun 2017

Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai has welcomed back Victoria Kashakashvili as assistant food & beverage manager. In her new position, Kashakashvili will be in charge of all F&B outlets and operations at the 125-room hotel. Kashakashvili’s career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts – now part of Marriott International – started in 2002 at Tbilisi, […]

Talent interview: Tim Smith, Marina Social

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Jun 2017

Tim Smith, general manager at Marina Social says that the best part of working in hospitality is being… well… social. Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? I began by washing pots at the local pub at the age of 14; that’s when I really got the buzz for food and service. I […]

Deliveroo launches Ramadan bundles

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Jun 2017

Food delivery service, Deliveroo, has launched Ramadan Bundle offers from its restaurant partners. Designed to encourage families and friends to enjoy iftar at home, the bundles are being offered by Brothaus Bakery, Busaba, Wingsters and Seven Sands among others. Anis Harb, general manager of Deliveroo GCC, commented: “We wish our customers a Ramadan Kareem and […]

Belgian restaurant debuts at Pullman JLT

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Jun 2017

Belgian restaurant, Le Petit Belge, has opened at Pullman Hotel JLT. Le Petit Belge offers dishes such as mussels, coq au vin and Belgian chocolate mousse. Beverages include Belgian hops and grape and monthly specialty draught options. Friday and Saturday breakfast brunch options include French toast, eggs Florentine and pastries. The restaurant is open daily […]

Nando’s to open flagship outlet in Riyadh

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Jun 2017

Nando’s will open its flagship Middle East outlet this month in Riyadh on Tahlia Street. The restaurant brand, which specialises in flame-grilled Peri Peri chicken, first launched in the Saudi capital in November 2016, breaking international sales records and serving 180,000 people to date. Richard Barclay, COO Foodmark commented: “Recognised internationally as the only way […]

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