The trends brewing in the Middle East coffee scene

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Jun 2017

From cold brew to pour-over and single-origin beans, Catering News explores the latest coffee trends in the Middle East. While coffee has always been an important part of Middle Eastern culture, the region is currently experiencing unprecedented growth in the volume consumed. According to Euromonitor, on-trade volume of coffee sales increased by 6% in 2016 […]

Traders Hotel Abu Dhabi appoints executive sous chef

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Jun 2017

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has appointed Shammi De Costa to the role of executive sous chef at Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. De Costa, from Sri Lanka, brings 18 years of hospitality expertise to the four-star property, including eight years working with Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. He commented: “I am honoured to take […]

Churros-themed food truck launches in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Jun 2017

Yellow Brick Rd, a food truck that launched on Dubai’s Kite Beach in November 2016, has introduced a sister concept, Churros by YBRD. The new food truck debuted at Festember in Abu Dhabi at the start of June and was manned by chef Marc from Barcelona, who owns a churreria in Spain. Churros by YBRD […]

Michelin-starred chef to debut Bouchon Bakery in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Jun 2017

Michelin-starred chef and cookbook author, Thomas Keller, will launch the first of three Bouchon Bakeries outside the US in Dubai this year, as part of a franchise partnership with international retail franchise operator, M.H. Alshaya Co. The first Bouchon Bakery in the Middle East is scheduled to open its doors in Dubai’s JBR later this […]

Four GCC chefs make S. Pellegrino Young Chef semi-finals

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Jun 2017

Three chefs from the UAE and one from Bahrain have been selected among the 10 Middle East and Africa S. Pellegrino Young Chef semi-finalists. Thousands of applications were submitted by young chefs from more than 90 countries, and 10 semi-finalists have been chosen from each of the 20 regions taking part. Luca Antonelli, area manager […]

4 Corners co-founder launches networking and consulting company

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Jun 2017

Mike Walden, previous co-founder and commercial director of food distributor, 4 Corners, has launched a new UAE-based networking and consulting company called Tubby & Mac. The company works with businesses across a variety of sectors, including hotels and restaurants, to reduce costs and increase sales and efficiency. It has come up with a “slick” way […]

Opinion: Ensuring your F&B outlet thrives during Ramadan

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Jun 2017

Ramadan has traditionally been a challenging time of the year for F&B outlets, however, adapting your strategy can help your business to thrive, says Abdul Kader Saadi, managing director and owner of Glee Hospitality Solutions. Preparation is key to food and beverage outlets having a healthy revenue during Ramadan. Outlets must begin preparations around three […]

Chef Focus: Dennis Kammerzell, Anantara

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Jun 2017

Creating new F&B outlets is like going on an adventure vacation according to Dennis Kammerzell, the recently appointed executive chef at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. What’s your career background? I was previously executive sous chef for Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, where I oversaw the operations of six dining outlets and banqueting. I […]

Marriott hotels across UAE offer iftar packs to taxi drivers

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Jun 2017

Volunteer associates at more than 70 participating Marriott hotels in the Middle East, including 38 in UAE, celebrated Ramadan with the company’s annual ‘Iftar for Cabs’ initiative. Staff at participating hotels prepared iftar packs with a selection of food and beverage items and distributed these to taxi drivers at the premises on 14 June during […]

Unilever confirmed as Platinum Sponsor of Food and Hospitality Oman

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Jun 2017

Unilever Food Solutions Oman has confirmed its association with Food & Hospitality Oman 2017 as Platinum Sponsor. The company looks forward to showcasing its solutions for professional chefs in hotels, restaurants and catering businesses at the exhibition, to be held from 16-18 October in Muscat. Bilal Baig, head of marketing, Unilever Food Solutions, Middle East, […]

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