Chef Focus: Shanghai nights

by Crystal Chesters | 24 Aug 2017

Luo Bing, executive chef of Five Hospitality’s first F&B venture, Maiden Shanghai, explains how the contemporary concept stands apart with a menu representing four regions of China. Tell me about your career as a chef so far? I started out as Sichuan chef at the Sichuan Minshan Hotel and progressed quickly to head chef and

New F&B manager for Kempinski Hotel Ajman

by Crystal Chesters | 20 Aug 2017

The 182-key Kempinski Hotel Ajman has hired Melanie Munoz as food & beverage manager to oversee its 10 outlets. A French national with 14 years’ experience, Munoz has worked for five-star properties in France, Turkey, the Caribbean, New Zealand, French Polynesia and Thailand. In her new role, she leads a team of 75 staff and

Dubai Marriott Harbour makes four F&B appointments

by Crystal Chesters | 17 Aug 2017

Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites has appointed four new members of its food, beverage and entertainment team to enhance the operations of its outlets, including the Observatory, The Croft and Counter Culture Café. Sebastian Nohse, director of culinary at sister property JW Marriott Marquis Dubai will take the lead of the strategic direction of

Development chef joins Jones the Grocer

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Jul 2017

Peter Green has been appointed as development chef of Jones the Grocer as the Australian brand prepares to open its 23rd location. In his new role, Green will further develop the brand’s food offering, ensuring the menu is scalable across global regions. Jones the Grocer CEO, Yunib Siddiqui commented: “We have been lucky to remain

Two new chefs for Dubai’s Amwaj Rotana

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Jul 2017

Two speciality outlet chefs have joined the team at Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach, Dubai. Overseeing JB’s Gastropub is Andy Zyla, who brings 16 years of experience from hotels and restaurants in the UK and Maldives and has run operations of more than 800 covers with teams of around 100 staff. Having been in the UAE

Raffles Dubai promotes Krystel Irani to director of operations

by Crystal Chesters | 29 Jun 2017

Krystel Irani has been appointed as director of operations at Raffles Dubai, overseeing the daily hotel operations of the property. She brings over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including four years at Raffles Dubai. Commenting on the appointment Ayman Gharib, general manager said: “We are delighted for Krystel to take on the

New F&B manager joins Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Jun 2017

Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai has welcomed back Victoria Kashakashvili as assistant food & beverage manager. In her new position, Kashakashvili will be in charge of all F&B outlets and operations at the 125-room hotel. Kashakashvili’s career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts – now part of Marriott International – started in 2002 at Tbilisi,

Talent: Mai Phuong, Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah

by Crystal Chesters | 11 May 2017

Originally from Hanoi, Vietnam, Mai Phuong joined Lao at Waldorf Astoria on the pre-opening team in 2013 and has since helped to reposition the restaurant’s culinary offer, changing the menu from South East Asian fare to authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? I started work in east Germany as

Bushman’s Restaurant and Bar appoints new manager

by Crystal Chesters | 09 May 2017

Youssif Ftouni has joined Bushman’s Restaurant and Bar at Anantara The Palm, Dubai as its new restaurant manager. Ftouni has been working at the hotel since the pre-opening in 2013, at all-day dining restaurant, Crescendo. Ftouni commented: “I’m so excited to have this role in one of the most famous Australian restaurants in Dubai. We

Laurent A. Voivenel appointed SVP at Swiss-Belhotel

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Apr 2017

Swiss-Belhotel International has named Laurent A. Voivenel as senior vice president, operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India. Swiss-Belhotel International currently manages a portfolio of more than 145 hotels, resorts and projects worldwide and is targeting the Middle East, Africa and India region as a key growth market. Making the announcement, Gavin

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