Interviews & Features

Brunch, the Mediterranean way

by Dina Maaty | 04 Feb 2020

Fairmont The Palm Chef de Cuisine Romain van Durmen tells Hotel & Catering News Middle East about his cooking style, techniques and the modern European concept Seagrill Bistro. Where are you originally from? I’m originally from Belgium, but have travelled and worked in Spain a lot. Mediterranean cuisine is something I can’t get enough of!

You need to be smarter in how you operate as the margins get leaner: Vida Hotels and Resorts GM

by Dina Maaty | 30 Jan 2020

Vida Hotels and Resorts General Manager Daniel Kingston has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, and was heavily involved in the opening of the first Vida Hotel outside of the UAE, followed by the grand opening of Vida Downtown. Here, he talks brand connection, stepping it up and more. You started off

Exclusive: ‘People no longer travel with the single intention of business or leisure,’ says Mercure GM

by Dina Maaty | 22 Jan 2020

Naseer Thodi, general manager at Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights – Hotel Suites & Apartments tells Hotel & Catering News Middle East about a new type of travel he’s observed, his plans for the property and more. What, according to you as GM, are the top 5 things that business travellers look for when choosing a

Nothing challenges me in the kitchen – I know it like the back of my hand: Chef Mathieu Palombino

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jan 2020

Motorino’s Neapolitan pies hail from Brooklyn. Founder and Chef Mathieu Palombino has announced the culinary collaboration with JA Resorts & Hotels as his first foray into the Middle East. His pizzas were deemed “the best of a new generation of pizzas” by The New York Times, and Motorino NY continues to accrue accolades to this

Push and Turn: GROHE to boost sustainability efforts in the region

by Dina Maaty | 13 Jan 2020

President of GROHE Middle East, Africa & East Mediterranean Renu Misra tells Hotel & Catering News Middle East all about the giant’s strategy behind offering premium bathroom and kitchen solutions. Briefly tell our readers about your company. GROHE is a global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings. In the last ten years alone,

Joining ME Dubai will be one of the most exciting career opportunities in the region: Stefan Viard

by Dina Maaty | 07 Jan 2020

ME Dubai, the new flagship property of Spanish hotel brand ME by Meliá, is set to open in February 2020 with veteran luxury hotelier Stefan Viard at the helm. Viard has assumed a significant role in leading this personality-led lifestyle destination from its earliest stages of construction, and is now guiding his team to the

Keep it simple, friendly and add a special ‘wow’: Millennium Place Barsha Heights general manager

by Dina Maaty | 24 Dec 2019

Glenn Nobbs, general manager at Millennium Place Barsha Heights Hotel and Apartments, tells Hotel & Catering News ME all about how the new property will change the dynamics of guest experiences in its locale and beyond Please tell us a bit more about your career journey, and some of the biggest milestones? I began my

Dubai Marina offers a lot for all types of guests: Crowne Plaza general manager

by Dina Maaty | 23 Dec 2019

Due to open this year, Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina offers a more social take on traditional business hotels. The upscale new property comprises 273 rooms and suites, in addition to a variety of food and beverage options including its signature Thai restaurant Charm Thai and five other dining concepts. Located on the Marina Waterfront, Crowne

Restaurants produce waste, but we also have a voice and can make an impact: BOCA general manager

by Dina Maaty | 16 Dec 2019

We interview DIFC’s BOCA General Manager Omar Shihab for a look into the world of sustainable Spanish cuisine – tapas and beyond.   What would you say is the essence of Spanish cuisine and how do you ensure your dishes have the right components?There are ingredients that are unmistakably Spanish such as paprika, Padrón peppers,

You need to understand why you’re doing what you do – and it’s not simply to make a profit: Zero Gravity GM

by Dina Maaty | 27 Nov 2019

Zero Gravity – a beach, bar and restaurant – has maintained consistency in offering an all-round experience for guests throughout the years. On occasion of the venue’s 6th anniversary, General Manager Peter Skudutis reveals their secrets to success. What do you think were some of the most important developments in Zero Gravity’s format and offerings?When

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