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Dukes Dubai launches British Tea Lounge

by Crystal Chesters | 19 Jul 2017

The recently opened Palm Jumeirah Hotel, Dukes Dubai has launched The Tea Lounge, a quintessentially British outlet. Serving a classic afternoon tea of cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam displayed on a high-tiered cake stand, The Tea Lounge is located on the third floor of the hotel. Carl […]

Six Senses Zighy Bay appoints well-known chef from US

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Jul 2017

Six Senses Zighy Bay has hired sous chef Patricia Yeo to oversee the F&B offer at the luxury Omani retreat. Known for blending exotic Asian, Mediterranean and South-Western ingredients, she has featured on the US Master Chef series and has authored two cookbooks. Yeo commented: “Six Senses Zighy Bay is a truly exciting property for […]

La Playa pops up on Dubai’s JBR

by Crystal Chesters | 17 Jul 2017

The Heart of Europe has launched La Playa Pop Up on The Beach JBR, Dubai, which has bright interiors, comfortable seating and steps leading down to the beach. The air-conditioned tent serves shisha and food from Claw BBQ throughout the summer season. Menu items include buffalo hot wings, nacho libre, Baja fish tacos, Texas beef […]

Opinion: Why feasibility studies are unfeasible

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Jul 2017

Murad Alnasur, managing director of Restoanalysis and chief operating officer of FranchiseME argues that traditional feasibility studies are too focused on financials. I used to be involved with a company in the F&B business, which had a location in mind for a brand it had the rights to. I gathered my top team, and we […]

Development chef joins Jones the Grocer

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Jul 2017

Peter Green has been appointed as development chef of Jones the Grocer as the Australian brand prepares to open its 23rd location. In his new role, Green will further develop the brand’s food offering, ensuring the menu is scalable across global regions. Jones the Grocer CEO, Yunib Siddiqui commented: “We have been lucky to remain […]

Chefs unite for Pink Brigade breast cancer campaign

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Jul 2017

The Pink Brigade is preparing to launch its 2017 campaign, which unites chefs across the globe to highlight the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Founded in 2014 by chef Robbie Stokes who lost his wife to breast cancer, The Pink Brigade has raised nearly AED200,000 to date through sale of personalised chef jackets […]

La Marquise International opens Oman office

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Jul 2017

Professional equipment and ingredient distributor, La Marquise International, has inaugurated its new showroom and training centre in Muscat, Oman. Located on Al Heil South road, Al Seeb Area, the showroom took almost two years to complete and occupies two floors of a new residential building. The company hosted an open day with its partners and […]

Chef Hamzeh Saffaf joins Centro Barsha

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Jul 2017

The 243-key Centro Barsha by Rotana, Dubai, has appointed Hamzeh Saffaf as its new executive chef. Overseeing the hotel’s restaurant c.taste and a private catering and banqueting unit, Hamzeh first joined Rotana in 2012. His first role with the company was as oriental chef/ chef de cuisine at Centro Capital Centre by Rotana Abu Dhabi. […]

Alshaya to roll out 100 Blaze Pizza restaurants in Middle East

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Jul 2017

US fast-casual artisanal pizza chain, Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, has entered into an exclusive development agreement with the Kuwait-based M.H. Alshaya Co. to build and operate multiple Blaze Pizza restaurants across the Middle East and Northern Africa. The agreement will see the development of 100 restaurants in 11 countries including the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, […]

Talent: Nick Freeman, PizzaExpress

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Jul 2017

Nick Freeman, head of marketing at PizzaExpress UAE says the best thing about his role is the freedom to be creative. Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? Straight after graduating I scored a job in a small village in Hertfordshire, UK, where I was the 10th head office employee working for an […]

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