Michael Mina: The new Americana

by Dina Maaty | 03 Apr 2016

Crystal Chesters speaks to Michael Mina about the Michelin-starred chef’s refined twist on the classic All-American diner and why he has chosen Dubai for his first venture outside of the United States Michael Mina is a well-known name on the US restaurant scene, particularly in San Francisco where eight of The Mina Group’s 26-strong portfolio

Last chance to nominate for Leaders in Hospitality Awards

by Sophia Soltani | 31 Mar 2016

The nomination deadline is fast approaching for the inaugural BNC Publishing Leaders in Hospitality Awards, which is open to hoteliers and hotel properties across the Middle East, including the UAE, wider GCC, Levant and Egypt. The deadline for nominations is Monday 4 April, and all nominations can be submitted free of charge. Please email HNMESocial@bncpublishing.net

Opinion: Making a night of it

by Dina Maaty | 31 Mar 2016

Samer S. Hamadeh, founder & managing partner at Aegis Hospitality says nightlife venues should not be put off by oversaturation or competition. Nightlife is one of the more interesting businesses born out of the social realm we refer to as the third place. Nightlife venues are some of the most accessible to many people, save

Region’s top F&B suppliers support Leaders in Hospitality Awards

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Mar 2016

Several of the region’s F&B suppliers have confirmed their support of the upcoming Leaders in Hospitality Awards, organised by BNC Publishing. The event, to take place on 19 April at the newly opened St. Regis Dubai, will celebrate the leading individuals and concepts in the Middle East’s hospitality industry across a diverse range of categories.

The Big Cheese: Manu Feildel

by Dina Maaty | 22 Mar 2016

French chef Manu Feildel, best known for his participation in Australia’s cookery programme ‘My Kitchen Rules’ (MKR) took time out to chat with Catering News during his visit to Dubai Food Festival This is your first time in Dubai. What do you think of it so far? So far so good, I’m really enjoying it

DWTC wins big at Salon Culinaire

by Dina Maaty | 10 Mar 2016

Hospitality by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) won 85 accolades across 27 categories at the annual Emirates Salon Culinaire, the culinary competition hosted at Gulfood 2016, the world’s largest annual food and hospitality show. A core team of 49 chefs from the DWTC participated in the five-day event showcasing their skills across multiple categories including

Mango Tree Dubai closes as group seeks new partner

by Dina Maaty | 08 Mar 2016

Mango Tree Dubai, located in Souk Al Bahar will close after eight years following the conclusion of an agreement with its existing franchise partner. Mango Tree Worldwide is looking to create a new flagship Thai restaurant in Dubai with new partners. The company currently operates franchised restaurants around the world, including in London, Tokyo, Hong

Region’s first Pret A Manger opens at DXB

by Dina Maaty | 08 Mar 2016

Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR) and Maritime & Mercantile International (MMI), both subsidiaries of the Emirates Group have opened seven dining venues at Dubai International Airport’s new Concourse D at Terminal 1. ELR has introduced the region’s first Pret A Manger, a UK sandwich and coffee brand and The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, the debut of

Chefs from three top Dubai restaurants take part in DFF cook off

by Dina Maaty | 07 Mar 2016

On Friday 4 March, chefs from three restaurants came together to take part in Dubai Food Festival’s Worldwide Cook-off at the Etisalat Beach Canteen, the central hub of the event. Alessandro Miceli, head chef of Roberto’s, Kiichi Okabe, chef de cuisine from Okku Dubai, and Cesar Bartolini, chef de cuisine of Bread Street Kitchen by

Majid Al Futtaim malls participate in Dubai Food Festival

by Dina Maaty | 06 Mar 2016

To mark Dubai Food Festival, Majid Al Futtaim’s malls in Dubai—in partnership with Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE)—is offering visitors a programme of culinary activities. Until 12 March, competitions are being held and celebrity chefs are taking part in live performances at Mall of the Emirates, City Centres Deira, Mirdif and Me’aisem malls. “DFF

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