Leaders in F&B Awards 2017: The shortlist

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Catering News Middle East uncovers the talented professionals and outstanding venues that have made the prestigious shortlist for the Leaders in F&B Awards, taking place on Monday 30 October in Dubai…

Leaders in F&B Awards

Leaders in F&B Awards

Catering News Middle East, a BNC Publishing title, has revealed the highly anticipated shortlist for the Leaders in F&B Awards, set to take place on 30 October at Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi. With more than 350 entries to this year’s awards, the competition was tough and only those candidates lucky enough to be shortlisted will be in with a chance of winning a prestigious Leaders in F&B Award later this month at our glittering ceremony.

Celebrating the best talent and concepts in the competitive Middle East F&B industry, this year’s 18 categories include Best Newcomer, Leading Homegrown Restaurant brand and the highly coveted F&B Heavyweight.

The judging panel for the awards is comprised of eight leading food and beverage industry experts who combine years of experience across various aspects of the industry.

Helen Morris executive chef / senior lecturer, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Sunjeh Raja, director & CEO, International Center for Culinary Arts (ICCA Dubai)

Sarah Hawilo, chief executive officer, SerVme

Ralph Homer, CEO, Restaurant Secrets

Sarah-Jane Grant, director, LXA

Uwe Micheel director of kitchens, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek and president, Emirates Culinary Guild

Daniel During, owner, Thomas Klein International

Anis Harb, regional GM, Deliveroo

WHERE? The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

WHEN? Monday 30 October 2017, 7pm – late

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Leaders in F&B Awards 2016 winners

Leaders in F&B Awards 2016 winners


Healthy Restaurant Award

  • Flow
  • The Cycle Bistro
  • Wild & The Moon
  • Intersect by Lexus
  • Slices School Food Experts



Sustainable Restaurant Award

  • The Copper Lobster, Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
  • Skye & Walker, Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek
  • La Farine, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
  • Wild & The Moon
  • The Coffee Club



Leading Homegrown Restaurant Brand

  • Okku
  • Cuisinero Uno
  • Operation: Falafel
  • Sumo Sushi & Bento
  • Tresind



Disruptor of the Year

  • Sugarmoo Desserts
  • Urban Seafood
  • Plotos
  • ChefXChange



Best Newcomer

  • The Copper Lobster, Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
  • Flow
  • Café 302 Abu Dhabi
  • Black Tap Dubai
  • Gunaydin Dubai
  • Peyote
  • Lima Dubai
  • Lucky Voice Dubai
  • Folly by Nick & Scott
  • Ruya



Best Interior

  • Indie DIFC
  • Litle Black Door, Conrad Dubai
  • Demoiselle by Galvin
  • Waka, Dubai
  • Buddha Bar, Grosvenor House
  • Carnival by Tresind



Leading Casual Dining Restaurant

  • Aroma, Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski
  • Couqley
  • Galeries Lafayette
  • Clinton St. Baking Company
  • Eggspectation
  • The Daily, Rove Hotels
  • Luciano’s, Habtoor Grand Hotel, Dubai
  • Zanzibar, Kempinski Hotel Ajman
  • Crisol Restaurant & Lounge, Sharjah
  • The Terrace on the Corniche, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi



Leading Fine Dining Restaurant

  • La Cantine Du Faubourg
  • Kiyi, Fairmont Ajman
  • Bateaux Dubai
  • Cirpriani Yas Island
  • Indego by Vineet



Leading Nightlife Venue

  • McGettigan’s JLT
  • Lock, Stock & Barrel
  • Boa Bar & Lounge
  • Estrellas Rooftop Lounge, Melia Dubai
  • The Backyard, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay
  • Pure Sky Lounge & Dining, Hilton Dubai


Leading Hotel F&B Manager

  • Nick Patmore, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
  • Jimmy Lopez, Palazzo Versace Dubai
  • Wissam Al Shater, Centro Capital Centre
  • Marco Rosado, Atlantis The Palm
  • Pieter Liebenberg, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek


Chef of the Year

  • Alain Gobel, Fairmont The Palm
  • Nicolas Smalberger, JA Resorts & Hotels
  • Colin Clague, Ruya Dubai
  • Munier Al Sallaq, The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana
  • Francois Roldan, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
  • Ben Tobitt, Jumeirah Restaurant Group
  • Aijiro Shinoda, Atisuto
  • Naruemol Poolkuan, Benjarong, Dusit Thani Dubai
  • Maxime Le Van, Via Veneto
  • Rajiv Ranjan, Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai


Pastry Chef of the Year

  • Ryan Harris, Demoiselle by Galvin & Galvin Dubai
  • Martua Sakti, Kempinski Mall of the Emirates
  • Ludovic Audaux, Grosvenor House Hotel & Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
  • Shashwat Shivam, Jodhpur Royal Dining
  • Sanjit Gupta, Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa


Leading F&B Investor

  • Manhal Nasser, co-founder and CEO, AWJ Investments
  • Turab Saleem, owner/ founder Perfetti and ToroToro
  • Mohammed Tayem, ‎founder and managing director, entourage marketing & events, ‎Tayem Group




Young F&B Leader

  • Karolina Graham, Solutions Leisure Group
  • Kamran Shaikh, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
  • Tim Groeneweg, JW Marriott Marquis
  • Marvin Coelho, Taj Dubai
  • Jodie O’Meara, Jumeirah Restaurant Group


F&B Heavyweight

  • Manhal Nasser, co-founder and CEO, AWJ Investments
  • Emma Banks, GM, Jumeirah Restaurant Group
  • Hiba Kosta, owner, Sho Cho Facilities
  • Naim Maadad, chief executive, Gates Hospitality
  • Paul Evans, CEO, Solutions Leisure Group


Leading Restaurateur

  • Natasha Sideris, managing executive, Tashas restaurants
  • Kunal Lahori, founder and CEO, Create Hospitality
  • Tom Arnel, co-founder and MD, Bull&Roo
  • Bhupender Nath, CEO and MD, Passion F&B Management
  • Salem Bin Dasmal, founder and CEO, Silver Spoon Investments
  • Yunib Siddiqui, CEO, Jones the Grocer


Bartender of the Year

  • Nikola Pulcheski, Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton Dubai The Walk
  • Waldo Gaston Fusco, Casa de Tapas and Cielo Sky Lounge
  • Joaquim Manuel Fernandes, Voda Bar, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
  • Sherine John, Tresind
  • Raven Rudolph, Folly by Nick & Scott


Best Service Team

  • Qwerty, Media One Hotel
  • Catering & Events Service Team, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
  • F&B Service Team at Al Wadi Desert, RAK, a Ritz-Carlton partner hotel
  • Jodhpur Royal Dining
  • Nola

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