Cover story: Fortune favours the bold

by Crystal Chesters | 12 Oct 2017

Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer learned the rules of Spanish cuisine and then broke them to create something new. Meet the award-winning double-act behind Dubai’s new Boston-founded, Barcelona-inspired tapas bar, Toro & Ko. Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, the duo behind Boston-founded tapas restaurant brand, Toro, describe themselves as ‘risk-takers’, who like to do things

La Tablita welcomes new chef de cuisine

by Crystal Chesters | 12 Oct 2017

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights has appointed Ivan Vidal as La Tablita’s new chef de cuisine. Vidal’s culinary career spans 14 years and 20 restaurants. He started out working as a chef in his father’s restaurant before studying Culinary Management in Mexico and Switzerland. Jose Rocha, the hotel’s director of F&B culinary operations, and a

Deliveroo Editions launches in UAE

by Crystal Chesters | 09 Oct 2017

Food delivery app Deliveroo has launched Deliveroo Editions in the UAE, making it possible for restaurants to reach customers in areas beyond their current delivery range. The first UAE Deliveroo Editions is located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers and is equipped with six full-sized custom-made kitchen spaces. Anis Harb, general manager of Deliveroo GCC said:

Graffiti-covered nightclub opens in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 09 Oct 2017

Square, a new nightclub at Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis, has opened its doors. Offering a setting inspired by the ‘underground’ streets of London, the space mimics an abandoned subway station covered in graffiti and artwork by Banksy and MTO. David King-Underwood, managing director, The KNG Group, commented: “Square responds to the gap in the market

Inner City Zoo launches in Dubai’s JBR

by Crystal Chesters | 08 Oct 2017

A new nightclub from Solutions Leisure Group, the company behind Lock Stock and Barrel, will launch in Dubai this week. Opening on Friday 13 October in Rixos Premium Dubai JBR, Inner City Zoo is described as an edgy yet sophisticated party spot set to redefine Dubai’s club scene. The 7,000ft2 club has 200,000 watts of

Anchor Food Professionals debuts cream cheese for Middle East

by Crystal Chesters | 08 Oct 2017

Fonterra’s foodservice business, Anchor Food Professionals, has launched a new soft style cream cheese to provide more versatility and convenience for its foodservice customers in the Middle East. The Anchor Food Professionals Soft Style Cream Cheese offers a richer cream cheese flavour, better bake stability and softer texture. Alastair Bruce, general manager, GCC for Anchor

Talent: Something in the At.mosphere

by Crystal Chesters | 08 Oct 2017

Christopher Graham, executive chef at At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa warns young chefs to pursue experience over money. Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry: After leaving school, my first full-time job was working as a kitchen porter in a nursing home. It was exciting to work in a restaurant and it set my career

Zuma Dubai makes world’s top 100 bars list

by Crystal Chesters | 07 Oct 2017

Zuma Dubai has been placed in the top 100 of the World’s 50 Best Bars annual list in 2017, which recognises fine drinking experiences around the world. It is the third year running that the multi-award-winning Zuma Dubai restaurant cocktail bar has been included in the list. Zuma’s global bar development director Jimmy Barrat said:

The Powder Room opens in DIFC

by Crystal Chesters | 07 Oct 2017

The Powder Room Wine Bar, based in the Al Fattan Currency House in DIFC, Level 1, has officially opened its doors. The venue offers a cheese and grape night, where guests can enjoy a large selection of cheeses. Cheese boards can be paired with cold cuts and a variety of reds, whites, roses or sparkling

Gulfood Manufacturing to highlight Dubai as food supply chain hub

by Crystal Chesters | 07 Oct 2017

Gulfood Manufacturing is set to reinforce the Dubai’s strategic objective to become a global hub for the food processing and supply chain industries. Taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 31 October to 2 November, Gulfood Manufacturing is the region’s largest food manufacturing, processing and supply chain event. Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president,

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