Amwaj Rotana chef takes on promoted role

by Crystal Chesters | 12 Aug 2017

Siddhesh Sukhathankar has been promoted from the role of executive pastry chef to executive sous chef at Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach, Dubai. Sukhathankar, who first joined Amwaj Rotana in 2014, has a degree from the Institute of Hotel Management in Mumbai and a post-graduate diploma in Kitchen Management from The Oberoi Centre of Learning and

Award-winning chef de cuisine joins China Grill Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 10 Aug 2017

China Grill at Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi has appointed David Kikillus as chef de cuisine following the departure of Owen Stewart. Starting his career in 1998 as executive sous chef at Weisses Roessl in Austria, Kikillus has held roles at restaurants across the globe, such as Schote, Sol Y Vida and DK Avant-Garde. The chef’s

Bice Dubai appoints new head chef

by Crystal Chesters | 09 Aug 2017

Italian Restaurant Bice at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah has appointed Davide Giardini as its new head chef. Giardini, who was previously head chef of Eately in Dubai Mall, has been tasked with overhauling the restaurant’s menu. He commented: “I couldn’t be more excited to be taking on the role of head chef at Bice. “It is

Everything you need to know about the Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards 2017

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Aug 2017

This page answers some frequently asked questions about the Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards 2017. ***NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: 7 September 2017*** How do I nominate? You can either download the categories, nomination guidelines and nomination form using the below links or email to have them sent to you. Send your completed nomination form(s) to by Thursday

CATEGORIES: Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards 2017

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Aug 2017

The Leaders in F&B Awards 2017 will celebrate the leading restaurants and individuals working in the Middle East’s F&B industry. The full list of 18 categories is detailed below. For nomination enquiries and to request a nomination form, please contact  RESTAURANTS *Please note: nominated venues can be within a hotel or stand-alone concepts, owned by

Talent: Bright Spark

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Aug 2017

Tony Jardella, head chef, Perry & Blackwelder Original Smokehouse believes that having a concept that stands out on the market is the key to success  Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? When I was 13 years old, I worked as a kitchen porter in the evenings and at weekends. I loved the

Raffles Dubai hires new pastry chef

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Aug 2017

Raffles Dubai has brought Wolfgang Wagenleiter on board as executive pastry chef, overseeing the dessert and bakery operation at the luxury hotel. A pastry expert with over 25 years of culinary experience, Wagenleiter will be responsible for creative menu development and execution of pastry across the hotel’s food and beverage outlets, banqueting and in-room dining.

Six Senses Zighy Bay appoints well-known chef from US

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Jul 2017

Six Senses Zighy Bay has hired sous chef Patricia Yeo to oversee the F&B offer at the luxury Omani retreat. Known for blending exotic Asian, Mediterranean and South-Western ingredients, she has featured on the US Master Chef series and has authored two cookbooks. Yeo commented: “Six Senses Zighy Bay is a truly exciting property for

Award-winning chef joins Capital Club Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Jul 2017

Dubai-based private member’s club, Capital Club, has appointed Andrew Blas as executive chef. Previously executive pastry chef at Hotel Café Royal in London – once one of the city’s most iconic venues – Blas was responsible for the patisserie in The Café, the Ten Room restaurant, the Oscar Wilde Bar and The Domino Room, the

Traders Hotel Abu Dhabi appoints executive sous chef

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Jun 2017

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has appointed Shammi De Costa to the role of executive sous chef at Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. De Costa, from Sri Lanka, brings 18 years of hospitality expertise to the four-star property, including eight years working with Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. He commented: “I am honoured to take

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