The three new joiners come with a wealth of experience, moving directly from a six-month stint at Expo 2020 Dubai where they represented two highly successful restaurants managed by Gates Hospitality – Adrift Burger Bar and Scarpetta Mercato.
During Expo 2020 Dubai, Gates Hospitality also managed The National by Geoffrey Zakarian, BARON, Kutir and Jubilee Gastronomy, and now that the World’s Greatest Show has come to an end, they are pleased to be extending the tenure of the following employees.
British National, Zukey Choudhry, joins Publique as General Manager, after being at the helm of the popular Adrift Burger Bar team, and prior to this heading up operations at the likes of Pickl and Cheesecake Factory, here in Dubai.
Zukey is joined by Head Chef Grant Marais, a South African national, who brings his culinary experience from Adrift Burger Bar and five-star luxury hotels such as the Mandarin Oriental and Marriott Marquis in Doha, Qatar.
Adrift Burger proved so popular at Expo 2020 Dubai that it was recognised in the Expo Eat TimeOut Awards and the dynamic duo of Zukey and Grant are looking to replicate that success at Publique.
Mario Scanniello, an Italian national, joins Folly as General Manager, having previously headed up Scarpetta Mercato, an Italian fine dining concept imported from New York, and prior to that headed up popular Italian restaurant Il Faro, part of Nakheel Hospitality. Mario has also held positions at a range of luxury hotel brands including The Westin, Jumeirah and Grand Melia.
Gates Hospitality founder Naim Maadad said: “I am delighted to welcome Zukey, Grant, and Mario to the Gates family. We are looking forward to building on the impact each team member brought to our operations at Expo 2020 Dubai and replicating that success in Publique and Folly, two of our most-loved restaurants located in Souk Madinat Jumeirah.”