Shortlist announced: The Leaders in F&B Awards 2019

by Dina Maaty | Published 1 year ago

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BNC Publishing and Hotel & Catering News Middle East’s The Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards 2019 will take place on Monday, November 18 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm.

Categories include both People and Restaurants, with some exciting new additions that reflect the dynamic nature of the industry.

Restaurant Categories recognise the best venues in the region, offering exceptional service and world-class dining experiences, as well as the biggest market disruptors, while People Awards celebrate visionaries, leaders and pioneers.


Leading Sustainable Restaurant
Maison Mathis
Pierchic – Jumeirah Al Qasr
The Copper Lobster – Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
The Noodle House

Leading Healthy Restaurant
Bounty Beets – Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Ultra Brasserie
Vibe, The Retreat Palm Dubai

Leading Homegrown Restaurant
3 Fils
Carnival by Trèsind
Folly by Nick & Scott
Miss Tess, Taj Hotel
Mythos Kouzina & Grill
Shabestan, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek

Disruptor of the Year
Noire – Fairmont Dubai
Phoenix Social Club – The H Dubai
Reif Kushiyaki Dubai
Trèsind Studio, voco Hotel

Best Newcomer
All’Onda – Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai
Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen – Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai
LAH LAH – Zabeel House by Jumeirah
Mama Zonia
MasterChef, the TV Experience – Millennium Place Marina
Streetery Food Hall by Zen
The Duck Hook
Wavehouse – Atlantis, The Palm

Best Interior Design
Carnival by Trèsind
Couqley French Bistro & Bar
Hotel Cartagena – JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
Ketch Up
LAH LAH – Zabeel House by Jumeirah
miX by Alain Ducasse – Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai
Paru – Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai
SocietyDXB Café & Lounge
Wavehouse – Atlantis, The Palm

Leading Casual Dining Restaurant
BB Social Dining
Bistro Des Artes
Din Tai Fung
Eat & Meat – The H Dubai
Reform Social and Grill
Social Company – Zabeel House by Jumeirah
The World Eatery, Sofitel Dubai The Palm

Leading Fine Dining Restaurant
folly by Nick & Scott
La Cantine du Faubourg
miX by Alain Ducasse – Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai
The Galliard
The London Project

Leading Fusion Restaurant
Andalucia Tapas & Grill
Katsuya by Starck, Jumeirah Al Naseem
Trader Vic’s – Hilton Dubai Jumeira
Turtle Bay Bar & Grill – Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
Zengo – Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa

Leading Nightlife Venue
A Capella
BASE Dubai
Havana Social Club – Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai
Siddharta Lounge by Buddha Bar – Grosvenor House Dubai
Wavehouse – Atlantis, The Palm
Zero Gravity

Leading Sports Bar
Appaloosa Bar – Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi
Garden on 8 – Media One Hotel
ICON Bar & Lounge – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
Stoke House
The Cave Sports Bar & Kitchen – Fairmont Ajman
The Dubliner’s – Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

Leading Brunch Concept
All’Onda – Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai
Backyard Brunch – Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront
Hellicious Brunch – Caesars Palace Bluewaters
Hidden Brunch, Taj Hotel
La Cantine du Faubourg brunch
Supernatural, Zero Gravity
The Market Brunch – Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
The Stage – Jazz@PizzaExpress
Toro Toro Brunch – Grosvenor House Dubai
Verve Bar & Brasserie – Grand Plaza Movenpick, Media City
We Brunch DXB – Intercontinental Dubai Marina

Leading Delivery Platform
Careem NOW
Uber Eats


Bartender of the Year
Rene Colarina – Maison Mathis
Nadia Duradazhy – Media One Hotel
Richard Delos Reyes – Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort
Sherine John – voco Hotel
Matthew Wakeford – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront
Gesal Yesudas – Grosvernor House Hotel

Best Service Team of the Year
Bistro Des Arts
Capital Hospitality
Crescendo – Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Eat & Meat – The H Dubai Hotel
Folly by Nick & Scott
LAH LAH – Zabeel House by Jumeirah
Nobu – Atlantis, The Palm
The Copper Lobster – Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
Trèsind Studio

Chef of The Year
Nick Alvis & Scott Price – folly by Nick & Scott
Cesar Bartolini – Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis, The Palm
Gilles Bosquet – La Cantine du Faubourg
Olivier Chaliel – Sofitel The Palm
Tom Koenig – Brothaus Bakery, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay
Maxine Le Van – DRIFT Beach Dubai
Sachin Masurkur – Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Sudqi Naddaf – Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
Fadi Naim – Couqley French Bistro & Bar
Jose Ochoa – Fairmont Ajman
Mariangela Ruggiero – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
Rober Youssef Saloum – Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
Tamer Shawki – Pullman JLT
Ben Tobitt – Sarood Hospitality

F&B Entrepreneur of the Year
Ben Thompson & Kieran Lindsay – Love Parties
Naim Maadad – Gates Hospitality
Bhupender Nath – Trèsind

F&B Heavyweight of the Year
Antonio Gonzalez – Sunset Hospitality Group
Dirk van de Haar – Creneau International
Evgeny Kuzin – Bulldozer Group
Naim Maadad – Gates Hospitality
Dennis McGettigan – McGettigan’s
Dean Murphy – Sarood Hospitality
Duncan Fraser-Smith – The First Group

F&B Marketeer of the Year
Terje Abrams – Fairmont Dubai
Majed Al Alawi – M Management Company
Salwa Azar – Atlantis, The Palm
Elmira Gazizova – Fairmont The Palm
Naveena Jayaram – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
Maria Ollero – Steigenberger Business Bay
Dries Vande Velde – SWR Hospitality
Nicola Walsh – Sarood Hospitality

Leading F&B Director
Kyra Bommelje – JA The Resort
Panchali Mahendra – Atelier House Hospitality
Giacomo Puntel – Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort
Sreejith Purushan – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek

Pastry Chef of the Year
Eranda Liyanage – Fairmont Ajman
Hind Al Mulla – Home Bakery
Ida Martin – QE2
Budi Setiono – Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
Rajesh Thapa – Fairmont The Palm

Restaurant Manager of the Year
Benjamin Brocheret – DRIFT Beach Dubai
Sayed Mohamed – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
Ragab Mohamed – Time Grand Plaza Hotel
Luca Gagliardi – Pierchic
Vivek Jha – Media One Hotel
Sumiarti Ong – Anantara Dubai The Palm
Veronica Popescu – Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl
Radek Slusarczyk – Maison Mathis, Arabian Ranches and Le Petit Belge, Motor City
Paul-Loup Radal – Marriott Hotel Forsan, Abu Dhabi
Giacomo Vezzo – Grosvenor House Hotel

Young F&B Leader
Karim Hassan – Seven Fortunes Coffee Roasters
Nigel Lobo – Royal Orchid Hospitality Group
Sheikha Al Muhairy – SocietyDXB Café and Lounge

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