Gulfood 2016

Interview: Alain Devahive, LaLuz

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Sep 2016

Chef Alain Devahive, who worked beside Ferran Adrià at the famous elBulli for a decade is now in Dubai heading up the culinary operation of LaLuz, DIFC. He tells Catering News why Dubai is finally ready for modern Catalan cuisine “I’ve tried many of the restaurants here and they are the same; the presentation is

Deadline this week for Leaders in F&B Awards entries

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Sep 2016

There are only five days left to submit nominations for Catering News Middle East’s inaugural Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards, celebrating excellence and innovation in the region’s food and beverage industry. Set to take place at Westin Mina Seyahi Dubai on Wednesday 9 November, the Leaders in F&B Awards will celebrate 18 categories, divided

Riverland F&B hub on track for October opening

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Sep 2016

Riverland Dubai, the multi-themed dining and retail destination located at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts, is preparing to open next month. Set to feature more than 50 restaurants and retail shops, the development features a one-kilometre long river, which is currently being filled with water ahead of the 31 October launch. Visitors will

Mid-market restaurants drive innovation in UAE F&B landscape

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Sep 2016

The final panel debate of The Big F&B Forum delved into the cuisine trends impacting the Middle East’s F&B industry and how chefs are responding to increasing consumer awareness of provenance, sustainability and nutrition. Panellists revealed that mid-market restaurants are the key drivers of innovation in the UAE, and that local chef talent is needed

Role of HR becoming more valuable to F&B industry

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Sep 2016

A debate titled “A rising talent pool: but at what cost” at The Big F&B Forum on 20 September revealed that HR is becoming more strategically important in the F&B industry as competition for talent ramps up. Highlighting that HR has traditionally been undervalued in the UAE F&B industry, Lynne Bellinger, managing director, Purple Hospitality

Dubai restaurant closures signal maturing market

by Crystal Chesters | 21 Sep 2016

The first panel session of The Big F&B Forum, “Creating a more sophisticated F&B landscape” explored the impact oversaturation has had on the market, and how homegrown, neighbourhood F&B concepts and new community developments are helping to create a more mature ecosystem. Highlighting the current imbalance between supply and demand, Daniel During, principal & managing

UAE smoking ban to forbid indoor smoking rooms

by Crystal Chesters | 21 Sep 2016

The proposed blanket smoking ban in all public places in the UAE was a key subject of debate at The Big F&B Forum, hosted by Catering News Middle East on 20 September at Westin Mina Seyahi Dubai. Dr. Basem Abdul Moneim, public health specialist, National Tobacco Control Programme took to the stage to discuss what the

Gallery: The Best of The Big F&B Forum

by Crystal Chesters | 21 Sep 2016

The second edition of the Big Food & Beverage Forum, hosted by Catering News Middle East took place at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina on 20 September 2016, with more than 250 F&B professionals in attendance. Attendees, sponsors and speakers enjoyed a morning of thought-provoking panel debates, expert sessions and interactive workshops tackling

The Big F&B Forum attracts record numbers

by Crystal Chesters | 20 Sep 2016

The second edition of the Big Food & Beverage Forum, hosted by Catering News Middle East is currently underway at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, with more than 200 F&B professionals in attendance. Attendees, sponsors and speakers are enjoying a morning of thought-provoking panel debates, expert sessions and interactive workshops tackling

Interview: The Waterfalls Group CEO, Sherod Walker

by Crystal Chesters | 19 Sep 2016

The Big F&B Forum Soft Drinks Sponsor, The Waterfalls Group supplies high-end, carefully selected beverage products to hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants. CEO Sherod Walker explains why the company is supporting The Big F&B Forum. Why have you chosen to support BNC Publishing’s Big F&B forum? The Big F&B forum addresses issues that are industry









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