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Dubai’s Via Veneto appoints head chef

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Aug 2017

Chef Maxime Le Van has joined newly-opened Italian restaurant, Via Veneto, in Manzil Downtown. Previously executive chef at Boca Dubai, Le Van started his career in his native France before relocating to London where he worked as head chef of Michelin-starred restaurant, Club Gascon, and on the pre-opening team of its sister outlet, Cigalon. During […]

Talent: Bright Spark

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Aug 2017

Tony Jardella, head chef, Perry & Blackwelder Original Smokehouse believes that having a concept that stands out on the market is the key to success  Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? When I was 13 years old, I worked as a kitchen porter in the evenings and at weekends. I loved the […]

Founder of oven company Rational dies aged 78

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Aug 2017

Siegfried Meister, founder, major shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board of thermal food technology specialist Rational AG, has passed away at the age of 78. Supervisory board member, deputy chairman and Rational shareholder Walter Kurtz will assume temporary chairmanship of the supervisory board. A statement from the company said: “It is with great sadness […]

Bologna-inspired restaurant opens in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Aug 2017

Tortellini, a new Italian restaurant inspired by the city of Bologna – Italy’s gastronomic capital – has opened its doors in Dubai’s Business Bay.   Located in Blue Bay Tower, the concept is the creation of Amany and Khaled, a husband-and-wife team of interior designers who were inspired to launch the venue following a trip […]

Raffles Dubai hires new pastry chef

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Aug 2017

Raffles Dubai has brought Wolfgang Wagenleiter on board as executive pastry chef, overseeing the dessert and bakery operation at the luxury hotel. A pastry expert with over 25 years of culinary experience, Wagenleiter will be responsible for creative menu development and execution of pastry across the hotel’s food and beverage outlets, banqueting and in-room dining. […]

Majid Al Futtaim announces AED 1.4bn mall in Abu Dhabi

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Aug 2017

Majid Al Futtaim and Al Jazira Sports and Cultural Club have partnered to bring the AED1.4 billion City Centre Al Jazira mall to the UAE capital, offering indoor and alfresco dining spaces. In addition to F&B, it will feature 153 retail stores, a Carrefour Hypermarket, a 15-screen VOX Cinemas, Magic Planet family entertainment destination, a […]

Dubai’s Palazzo Versace appoints Michelin-starred chef

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Aug 2017

Iran’s first Michelin-starred chef, Mansour Memarian, has been appointed executive chef at Palazzo Versace Dubai. Memarian has 21 years’ industry experience including appointments with Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland and Burj Al Arab’s signature restaurant, Al Mahara. Commenting on the appointment, Sandra Tikal, general manager of Palazzo Versace Dubai, said: “We […]

Talabat announces strategic partnership with Coca-Cola

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Aug 2017

Online food delivery portal Talabat has partnered with Coca-Cola Middle East to unlock opportunities for food and drink promotions. Through the agreement, Talabat will make it easier for customers to include Coca-Cola beverages with meals ordered from its restaurant partners. Agron Rexhepi, global director of sales for Delivery Hero, the parent company of Talabat, commented: […]

AlJeel Capital to bring 10 Shakey’s restaurants to UAE

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Jul 2017

AlJeel Capital has signed an exclusive franchise deal to open 10 Shakey’s outlets in the UAE. First founded in 1954 in California, the American brand and pizza chain was adopted in the Philippines following a joint venture deal with Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures in 1975 and now has 200 stores in the country. AlJeel Capital’s […]

Retail Food Group signs JVs with UAE firms to build coffee empire

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Jul 2017

Retail Food Group Limited (RFG) has signed joint ventures with UAE-based Al Hathboor Group and HKO Group, to accelerate brand system expansion in the Gulf and establish a coffee enterprise throughout the MENA region. RFG, headquartered in Australia, is owner of brand systems for Gloria Jean’s Coffees, The Coffee Guy, bb’s Café, Esquires, It’s a […]

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