Interviews & Features

OPINION: Embarking on a taste bud journey

by Dina Maaty | 31 May 2016

Nicholas Couvaras, managing director of F&B consultancy, Kroma, believes that diners today can travel the world without even having to leave Dubai As a guest of a restaurant with a specific cuisine-related theme, we now expect to be lifted away to a far off place through interior design that reflects the culture, authentic staff with

Talent: Consistency is key

by Dina Maaty | 30 May 2016

Rees Whiteley, one of Bistrot Bagatelle Dubai’s talented waiters reveals his most inspirational career mentor, his dream job and why consistency is the most crucial aspect of a restaurant operation Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? My first ever role was five years ago while studying politics at university in London. I

GMs must be “inspirational leaders”

by Sophia Soltani | 29 May 2016

Guy Hutchinson, COO, Rotana, tells Hotel News ME why an active GM is an inspirational leader for the next generation of hoteliers. “The successful GM of today is definitely more technology-savvy and must keep up-to-date with industry trends, and consumer behaviour and needs, without forgetting the basics of our business; being a great host.” Said

NEW PLACES: Weslodge Saloon, JW Marriott Marquis

by Dina Maaty | 29 May 2016

Maher Murshed Icon Legacy Hospitality’s managing partner introduces Canadian concept, Weslodge Saloon to Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis Please describe the concept in your words? It’s creatively cool, elegant and modern; we wanted to create an upscale yet inviting atmosphere. The music, design, food, drink and attitude captures the essence of those individuals who dare to

Tech Talk with… Mark Hirst, founder and CEO, Blue Beetle

by Sophia Soltani | 26 May 2016

What factors should hoteliers consider when reviewing in-room technology products? To attract Gen-Y travellers, hoteliers need to invest in interactive technology products to create unique customer experiences. Tech savvy tourists are looking for experiences; they are accustomed to getting things quickly and prefer online contact over an in-person conversation. The mobile device is their primary

The evolution of the GM

by Sophia Soltani | 24 May 2016

From lobby-roaming host to desk-bound number cruncher, HNME finds out how the general manager role as morphed over the past decade The role of the general manager has never been static. The ability to multi-task and be quick to adapt has always been a pre-requisite, such is the nature of the fast-paced hospitality business. General

New Place: Sumosan

by Dina Maaty | 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

5 Minutes with… Tim Cordon, Rezidor Hotel Group

by Sophia Soltani | 23 May 2016

Tim Cordon Regional Director UAE, Egypt, Jordan and Oman, The Rezidor Hotel Group tells Hotel News ME how technology is impacting the role of a GM. “Like most industries the expansion and universal adoption of technology has been the biggest driver of change, coupled with the change in expectation from our guests that this technology

Food trends: Paleo

by Dina Maaty | 22 May 2016

As the prehistoric Paleo diet morphs from a trend into a lifestyle, Catering News asks how easy it is to follow in the Middle East, and whether it’s really as healthy as it seems   The Paleo diet is based on foods mainly assumed to have been available to humans that existed during the prehistoric

The secrets of a food stylist

by Dina Maaty | 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.

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