Interviews & Features

Chef Izu Ani to set up research and development hub

by Dina Maaty | 26 Apr 2016

Chef Izu Ani has left La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie and has plans to open a research and development hub in Dubai. The Nigerian-born chef who grew up in London, first came to Dubai to launch La Petite Maison and in 2012 opened La Serre, a French/ Mediterranean concept, which today is the most successful

Spill the beans: Flavours, Al Ain

by Dina Maaty | 24 Apr 2016

Making an all-day dining restaurant stand out from a crowd is always a challenge. Having recently joined Hilton Al Ain to open the refurbished Flavours restaurant, Chef Inan Dogru has spiced things up with a Turkish twist and a number of interesting theme nights Please describe the menu concept of Flavours? Our menu concept is

Roundtable: Taking Stock

by Dina Maaty | 21 Apr 2016

Catering News gathered a panel of chefs and procurement experts to debate the major supply chain challenges facing the food and beverage industry in the Middle East, and solutions for a more efficient future   EXPERT PROFILES   Clive Pereira, head chef, West 14th Steakhouse: Chef Clive Gilroy Pereira has worked closely with Michelin starred Chef,

5 Minutes with… Taras Ettl, vice president of development, MENA region, IHG

by Sophia Soltani | 18 Apr 2016

5 Minutes with… Taras Ettl, vice president of development, MENA region, IHG What were the hotel group’s key achievements and milestones in 2015? Globally, we maintained a strong momentum in 2015, driven by a clear strategy and disciplined execution. We delivered our highest room openings since 2009, our best signings since 2008, 11% underlying profit

Tech-talk with: R&M Middle East

by Sophia Soltani | 17 Apr 2016

Nabil Khalil, executive vice president of R&M Middle East, Turkey and Africa tells Hotel News ME the importance of high-end cable connections and infrastructures for seamless connectivity. Why is it important for hotels to have high-end network infrastructures? The benefits of a solid structured cabling backbone extend well beyond providing just fast and reliable internet

The talent crisis

by Sophia Soltani | 17 Apr 2016

The staff recruitment challenges and opportunities facing hoteliers as the industry continues to grow and evolve, with more properties opening their doors regionally and globally. The growth of the Middle East’s hotel and hospitality sector over the past decade has been nothing short of phenomenal. Its portfolio of world-class properties has attracted global admiration, while

What’s Cooking: Senara, Palm Jumeirah

by Dina Maaty | 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

Out to lunch: Brian Voelzing, The Hide

by Dina Maaty | 14 Apr 2016

Canadian chef Brian Voelzing explains the difference between a regular steakhouse and Dubai’s first ever American ‘Meatery’   Following the closure of MJ’s steakhouse last May, Dubai’s first American ‘Meatery’, The Hide, opened its doors in October 2015, with Darry Downs as general manager, Nick Cuadrado as executive concept development chef, and Brian Voelzing leading

Pre-show roundup: ATM 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 11 Apr 2016

This year’s Arabian Travel Market is set to be the largest yet, with an extra hall added and a spotlight theme on mid-market travel, Hotel News ME hears from the hoteliers set to exhibit whilst taking a look at the show’s new features.  ATM 2016 When: 25-28 April 2016 Where: Dubai World Trade Centre Key

A piece of cake

by Dina Maaty | 10 Apr 2016

Ensuring nothing goes wrong on the most important day of a guest’s life is no mean feat. Crystal Chesters examines the role F&B teams play in creating the perfect wedding   Spring is the season of wedding planning, and April will see a number of exhibitions take place across the region, with the Abu Dhabi









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