Interviews & Features

ITA Highlights Latest Culinary Food Trends At Gulfood

by Mahak Mannan | 17 Feb 2019

Gianpaolo Bruno, trade commissioner to the UAE, Oman, and Pakistan at the Italian Trade Agency tells us about their participation. Speaking at the first day of Gulfood 2019, Bruno said: “The Italian pavilion is 2000 sqm and hosts 180 Italian companies offering the best of Italian produce in terms of food ingredients and business proposals for

A Wave Of Success

by Mahak Mannan | 13 Feb 2019

Solutions Leisure, the name behind some of the region’s most successful dining and nightlife venues have launched a brand-new concept, Wavehouse, at Atlantis The Palm. From the bowling alley and arcade area to a waverider, the new destination aims to address a gap in the market for family-friendly nightlife venues. Mahak Mannan caught up with

Chef Focus: The Italian Job

by Mahak Mannan | 28 Jan 2019

We spoke to chef Mariangela Ruggerio, the recently appointed head chef at Certo, Radisson Blu Dubai Media City, on her journey as a chef. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I had been working in sales and banking since I completed my education in Business Economics but after years of sitting behind a desk,

In The Mix: Master Of Flavours

by Mahak Mannan | 21 Jan 2019

We spoke to Zarco Cucuz, brand ambassador and bar guru, Tribeca, about his love for mixology. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I come from a little town in Serbia called Pirot, close to the Bulgarian border. I left Serbia to travel the world and get to know new cultures. Upon arriving in South

Onwards And Upwards

by Mahak Mannan | 10 Jan 2019

26-year-old Deanna Naidoo recently took the reins at Table 9, Hilton Dubai Creek as senior chef de partie and acting head chef. We caught up with the South African chef on her journey in the hospitality industry. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I started my career at Capsicum Culinary Studio in Pretoria, South

Opinion: Delivering On Your Promise

by Mahak Mannan | 09 Jan 2019

JS Anand, founder and owner, LEVA Hotel Apartments, Dubai, on why a brand should think before they commit. A strong brand is built by the promises it keeps. The saying actions speak louder than words, holds so true when it’s time to deliver what is promised. Fulfilling commitments that you make to your customers should

Cover Story: Discovering Emirati Heritage

by Mahak Mannan | 09 Jan 2019

A museum, a library, traditional alleyways, luxurious baths, a gramophone to play your vinyl records inside the rooms, and a slightly tilted circular wind tower are just a few things that will catch your eye when you visit the recently opened Al Bait Sharjah. The boutique property, which is valued at AED200 million, is home

Desert River Expands Table Lights Business

by Mahak Mannan | 09 Jan 2019

Claudia van der Werf, director, Desert River tells Hotel & Catering News ME about their new website for table lighting. How long has Desert River been in the lighting business? We have been selling lighting products to the GCC hospitality sector for over 10 years now. This ranges from large statement lamps for outdoor use

All About The Pasta

by Mahak Mannan | 07 Jan 2019

When it comes to Italian food, pizza and pasta is as traditional a cuisine as it gets and in October 2018, Mahak Mannan got to visit Milan with one of the leading companies in the pasta world, Barilla, to celebrate World Pasta Day and attend the Barilla Pasta World Championship. Carolina Diaz, representing the USA

OPINION: The Rise Of Fast-casual Diners

by Mahak Mannan | 03 Jan 2019

Nizar Darwish, executive director, Private Equity at Regulus Capital tells us how Johnny Rockets is changing ways in line with market trends. The quote “First we eat, then we do everything else,” is remarkably appropriate for the UAE market if we take into account its performance in the recent past. Statistically the country has graduated









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