Talent: Raafiq September, La Vinoteca Barcelona, Bahrain

by Staff writer | 05 Jun 2016

Raafiq September, complex bar manager and mixologist at La Vinoteca Barcelona and Café Amsterdam Bahrain, part of the Bayader restaurant management division, advises new bar talent to keep pushing the boundaries of creativity What was your first ever role in the F&B industry? My first ever role in the F&B industry was as a bar-back

Doha’s Marsa Malaz Kempinski makes three senior appointments

by Sophia Soltani | 24 May 2016

Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha, Qatar has made three new senior appointments. Christoph Strahm has been selected as the new hotel manager, while Matyas Bak has come on board as director of rooms, and Asif Akash has been appointed executive housekeeper. Swiss national Christoph Strahm started his career in 2005 at Kempinski Grand

New Place: Sumosan

by Staff writer | 24 May 2016

Sumosan owner, Janina Wolkow, explains why new private members’ club Bilionaire Mansion at Taj Dubai is the perfect location for the Japanese restaurant concept                         Please describe the concept in your words? Sumosan is a contemporary Japanese Restaurant that puts a lot of emphasis

The secrets of a food stylist

by Staff writer | 22 May 2016

Catering News goes behind the scenes with Food Art Concept’s Caroline Ismail to find out what it takes to create a picture perfect dish Every marketer working in the hospitality industry knows the importance of good imagery today, as online booking platforms and review sites become the number one source of information for potential customers.

Grape expectations

by Staff writer | 15 May 2016

Phil Crozier, director of wine for Gaucho Restaurants discusses his mission to open Dubai up to an exciting new world of Argentinian vintages, and the unique challenges he faces along the way As the fifth largest wine producer in the world, yielding more than Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand put together, it’s surprising that Argentine

Interview: Totora Cebicheria Peruana

by Staff writer | 12 May 2016

One of a string of Peruvian restaurants to open in Dubai International Financial Centre this year, Totora Cebicheria Peruana promises to compete with a truly authentic taste of Peru. Crystal Chesters reports With European, Asian and African flavours weaved together and underpinned by indigenous traditions, it’s no wonder Peruvian food has exploded in Dubai, which

What’s Cooking: Senara, Palm Jumeirah

by Staff writer | 17 Apr 2016

Anthony Reilly, head chef of Palm Jumeirah restaurant Senara, introduces the recently-opened neighbourhood eatery, which offers up homemade British seafood classics What’s the concept of Senara? Senara is a UAE-grown concept that fuses the fishing heritage of the country with the best of today’s very popular British brasserie / bistro style food. The team behind

Maintaining the edge

by Staff writer | 10 Apr 2016

Derryn French, executive assistant manager, food and beverage and marketing – Mina Seyahi Complex reveals to Crystal Chesters how she maintains the success of Dubai institutions such as Barasti Beach Bar and Bubbalicious in the face of ever-growing competition The Westin Dubai and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina was literally built around

Mandarin Oriental names new GM at Bodrum property

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Mar 2016

Mandarin Oriental has appointed seasoned hotelier, Guenter Gebhard as the new general manager at the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum.  Gebhard joined the hotel group at the start of this year from One & Only Hayman Island, an award-winning Australian resort located on the Great Barrier Reef, bringing with him over twenty years of experience in the

EXCLUSIVE: Aleph Hospitality launches in Dubai

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Mar 2016

Earlier this week, Aleph Hospitality announced the debut of the third-party hotel management company founded by ex-Wyndham Hotel Group senior executive Bani Haddad and headquartered in Dubai. A regional first, the white label company will operate assets on behalf of hotel owners under franchise agreements from international brands. Speaking exclusively to Hotel News Middle East,

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