Gulfood 2016

Deadline 6 October: Leaders in F&B Awards

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Sep 2016

The nomination deadline for Catering News Middle East’s inaugural Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards, has been extended to Thursday 6 October 2016. For full details on how to nominate, and for a list of frequently asked questions, please click on this link. Celebrating excellence and innovation in the region’s food and beverage industry, the

Dubai Wholesale City to support UAE food security

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Sep 2016

Dubai Wholesale City has undertaken a survey with food traders, importers and exporters with the aim to join forces in supporting UAE food security. Headed by Abdulla Belhoul, chief executive officer of Dubai Wholesale City, the survey team contacted more than 25 senior representatives of the most prominent companies within the sector. Belhoul said: “The

Fine Chocolate Producer, Valrhona hosts two-day training event

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Sep 2016

Fine chocolate producer Valrhona hosted a two-day training event for some of the region’s leading chefs from the hospitality industry and standalone restaurants at Top Chef Cooking Studio, Dubai.  The two-day workshop was led by Chef Guillaume Roesz, from L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat under the theme of afternoon tea and chocolate drinks. Throughout the training

World Chocolate Masters reveals “Futropolis” theme for 2017 competition

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Sep 2016

World Chocolate Masters, a global competition sponsored by Barry Cacao, the French gourmet chocolate brand of Barry Callebaut Group, hosted an event in Dubai on Thursday 22 September to announce the theme for the 2017/2018 edition of the competition. Next year’s competition theme is ‘Futropolis’, which will take a deep dive into the future of

Catering interview: JW Marriott Hotel Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Sep 2016

After 23 years on the market, JW Marriott Hotel Dubai is one of the most established caterers in the emirate, partnering with the likes of the Rugby Sevens, Dubai World Cup, and a host of world-class concerts. Today the team is focused on ramping up its portfolio and expanding into new UAE locations, all the

Radisson Blu’s Certo celebrates new look

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Sep 2016

Certo, the Italian restaurant at Radisson Blu Dubai Media City has celebrated its re-opening following a refurbishment. The restaurant has been re-designed using natural shades, which according to the hotel, “emphasise warmth, friendliness and illustrate the Italian way of life”. Certo offers lunch and dinner as well as special monthly promotions, and features a new

Shangri-La Dubai unveils renovation and F&B loyalty offers

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Sep 2016

Shangri-La Dubai has introduced several offers for Dubai residents and visitors in line with the launch of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ ‘The Table by Golden Circle’, a new F&B loyalty programme. The new offers coincide with a AED 70 million renovation across the hotel’s 302 guest rooms and public areas, including the Lobby Lounge and

Meraas opens Luxury chocolate boutique in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Sep 2016

Dubai-based holding company, Meraas has opened Boutique Le Chocolat, its newest homegrown concept in City Walk dedicated to multi-brand premium chocolates. Offering bespoke and personalised blends alongside ready-made hand-crafted chocolates, the 13,000 ft2 boutique features more than 28 international luxury chocolate brands, and has plans to introduce 60 more. Kareem Faisal, chief retail officer at

Nominations open for World Halal Tourism Awards

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Sep 2016

The second edition of World Halal Tourism Awards will recognise excellence in the halal and family-friendly travel and tourism industry. The nominations opened on 11 September 2016 across 16 award categories, including Best Halal Tour Operator, Best Family Friendly Hotel and World’s Best Non OIC Emerging Halal Destination. The winners and runners-up of the 2016

Antique Bazaar promotes chef Hoshiyar Chauhan

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Sep 2016

Antique Bazaar at Four Points Sheraton Bur Dubai has promoted chef Hoshiyar Chauhan from sous chef to the role of chef de cuisine. Chef Chauhan brings more than 16 years of culinary experience in Indian cuisine. Amit Kumar, director food & beverage, Four Points by Sheraton, Bur Dubai said: “Promoting Chef Hoshiyar to lead the

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