Out to lunch: Brian Voelzing, The Hide

by Dina Maaty | 14 Apr 2016

Canadian chef Brian Voelzing explains the difference between a regular steakhouse and Dubai’s first ever American ‘Meatery’   Following the closure of MJ’s steakhouse last May, Dubai’s first American ‘Meatery’, The Hide, opened its doors in October 2015, with Darry Downs as general manager, Nick Cuadrado as executive concept development chef, and Brian Voelzing leading

Rosalind Parsk new head chef at The Ivy Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 14 Apr 2016

Jumeirah Restaurant Group has appointed Rosalind Parsk as new head chef of The Ivy Dubai. Chef Parsk was previously head chef of Jumeirah Restaurant Group’s award-winning Pierchic at Madinat Jumeirah. Commenting her new role, chef Parsk said: “I am delighted to be taking on the mantle of head chef at The Ivy Dubai, an iconic

Atana Musandam hires new executive chef

by Dina Maaty | 10 Apr 2016

German-born David Maiwald has joined Atana Musandam, Oman, as executive chef.  Maiwald has worked with international hotel groups across the globe such as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, Jumeirah Group and Kempinski Hotels in locations such as Azerbaijan, the Maldives, Bahrain, Munich and Moscow. Khaled Elwan, cluster general manager, Atana Hotels commented: “We are

Dubai’s prestigious Pierchic hires new GM

by Dina Maaty | 05 Apr 2016

Pierchic Dubai, at Madinat Jumeirah has hired Julian Biddulph as the new general manager of the over-water restaurant. Biddulph has been part of Jumeirah Restaurant Group for one year as general manager of fine-dining restaurant, The Ivy, at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Having begun his career in London in F&B service roles at Radisson Edwardian Hotels,

Coffee Planet introduces organic espresso capsules

by Dina Maaty | 04 Apr 2016

UAE-based coffee producer, Coffee Planet has introduced a new range of freshly roasted organic espresso capsules to its signature retail range. With flavours of honey, butter, almond and lemon, the new UTZ certified organic espresso capsule is the fifth blend to join the Coffee Planet capsule portfolio. It contains freshly roasted, 100% Arabica UTZ certified

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

Burj Al Arab opens cocktail bar on top floor

by Dina Maaty | 31 Mar 2016

New cocktail bar Gold on 27 is set to open on 8 April on the highest floor of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The venue offers views over Dubai’s skyline with art deco design, textured gold coloured walls and resident DJ Darko De Jan entertaining guests with deep house. The concept of the venue is to

GRIF welcomes new development chapter

by Dina Maaty | 29 Mar 2016

The third annual Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) brought together investors, owners, franchisors, and senior hospitality professionals from across the globe from 14 to 16 March at The Address Dubai Mall. The three-day event included conferences, roundtable and panel discussions, culinary receptions and other knowledge-sharing platforms together with several senior-level networking opportunities and the inaugural

Stomping Grounds

by Dina Maaty | 20 Mar 2016

Ryan Godinho, the UAE’s only certified trainer accredited by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the founder/ roastmaster of Stomping Grounds in Dubai’s Jumeirah, explains that his brand new venue is not just a café, but a hub for coffee education What’s the concept of Stomping Grounds? Aside from serving Dubai’s own Specialty

MKN celebrates double win at Gulfood Awards

by Dina Maaty | 03 Mar 2016

MKN took home two awards at Gulfood Awards, which took place on 21 February at Conrad Dubai. The kitchen equipment supplier won ‘Best Heavy Equipment Innovation’ and ‘Best New Catering Equipment Innovation’ for its Flexicombi ovens, the newest addition to the range being the Flexicombi Team. “It was expected to get some awards because we

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