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Taj Dubai’s Tesoro hires new chef de cuisine

by Crystal Chesters | 17 Aug 2016

Taj Dubai’s Tesoro restaurant has hired Aabhas Mehrotra as its new chef de cuisine. Chef Mehrotra joins the hotel from The Oberoi Mumbai, where he had worked as the hotel’s sous chef since 2013. Prior to this, he was line cook for The Oberoi Group, in which role he travelled around hotels in Indian developing

McGettigan’s Irish Pub opens at Madinat Jumeirah

by Crystal Chesters | 17 Aug 2016

The McGettigan Group has opened its fourth Dubai McGettigan’s Irish Pub at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim in the site that was previously occupied by Frioul restaurant. The new McGettigan’s Madinat soft opening phase commences on 17 August, with the official launch party to take place in September. McGettigan Group CEO, Dennis McGettigan said: “We

Kuwait’s Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa welcomes two new chefs

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Aug 2016

Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa, Kuwait’s has appointed two new chefs to its culinary teams at Italian restaurant Olio and the fine dining steakhouse, Pepper. Chef Rosario Seminatore is the new Italian chef de cuisine at Olio and chef Daniel Irvine has joined the team at Pepper as the junior executive sous chef. Chef

Foodpanda merges with Saudi Arabia’s Hungerstation

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Aug 2016

Berlin-based online food delivery company, Foodpanda, has merged its Hellofood business with Saudi Arabia’s Hungerstation to capitalise on the strength of the food delivery market in the Kingdom. The combined business has more than 3 million app installs, over 1 million active users and an inventory of over 2,000 restaurants. Ralf Wenzel, co-founder and CEO

SushiArt collaborates with retro children’s cartoon brand

by Crystal Chesters | 15 Aug 2016

Showcasing the meeting of food with art, SushiArt, the sister company of SushiShop will launch limited edition sushi boxes in collaboration with the Mr Men and Little Miss, the 1970s children’s books and TV series. The UAE launch on 1 September, follows the success of the limited edition boxes in Brazil and Los Angeles. Celebrating

Icons sugar-free coffee shop opens in Dubai World Trade Centre

by Crystal Chesters | 15 Aug 2016

Icons Coffee Couture, a fashion-forward coffee shop specialising in sugar-free and naturally sweetened products has opened a new venue at Dubai World Trade Centre. The brand, founded by German model Elena Weber, already has outlets in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi. Commenting on the new venue, Elena Weber, founder, Icons Coffee Couture, said:

Opinion: How to calculate the ROI of your social media activity

by Crystal Chesters | 14 Aug 2016

Measuring the return on investment of social media activity is no longer optional says Tiina Kontra, social media and communications consultant, but the good news is that there’s an easy way to do it You might be working hard on your restaurant’s social media, but are you able to establish the return on investment for

Interview: Miss Lily’s executive chef, Adam Schop

by Crystal Chesters | 14 Aug 2016

Located within a quirky shipping container in Sheraton Grand hotel, colourful New-york brand Miss Lily’s ships diners away to a world of reggae music and authentic, Jamaican cuisine. Crystal Chesters catches up with executive chef Adam Schop to find out more On the fifth floor of Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai sits a black shipping container with

Dusit International appoints group director of F&B

by Crystal Chesters | 14 Aug 2016

Bangkok founded hotel operator, Dusit International, has appointed Thomas Pfordte as group director of food and beverage. Pfordte, a German national, will be responsible for the Dusit International’s entire food and beverage operation. He has spent more than 18 years working in senior positions throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Prior to joining Dusit,

Agenda confirmed for The Big F&B Forum 2016

by Crystal Chesters | 14 Aug 2016

The agenda for The Big Food & Beverage Forum, to place on 20 September at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, has been confirmed. The second edition of the annual event, hosted by Catering News Middle East, is expected to welcome more than 150 F&B professionals from across the region. The key

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