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Known for his tenures at two of Dubai’s leading French restaurants, Le Petite Maison and La Serre, chef Izu Ani launched his very own outlet Izu Brasserie and Bakery at City Walk Dubai, in November this year. With its own dedicated bakery and strong focus on desserts, chef Izu talks

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Enrico Bartolini is recognised globally not only for his culinary creativity and technique that marries Italian tradition with modern influence, but also as Italy’s youngest chef to earn two Michelin stars. In conversation with us, he explains why he believes today’s consumer prefers degustation over à la carte. Tell us about

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Ahead of his imminent debut in the UAE with Morimoto Dubai at Renaissance Downtown Hotel, owner of Morimoto Restaurants and Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto tells us what it’s like to be an Iron Chef. You are opening your first restaurant in UAE, Morimoto in Dubai – what attracted you to launch

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Hilton in Rak

A new head chef has been hired at one of the branches of the Hilton in Rak. Thorsten Beermann is responsible for all kitchen operations at the Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort in Ras al Khaimah. Prior to the new role, chef Thorsten worked as cluster chef at two

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Zahira closes

Zahira closes: Greg Malouf’s restaurant Zahira has closed down, just nine months after opening. The large open plan restaurant was situated in the H Hotel, and served up a range of Lebanese-inspired dishes. Chef Greg Malouf previously worked in the UK, where he retained a Michelin star at Petersham Nurseries Cafe.

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Cüneyt Asan

Often described as ‘the world’s fastest butcher’, meat master Cüneyt Asan, the owner of Günaydın Dubai at Souk Al Bahar, talks beef with The Pro Chef Middle East. Having specialised in butchery for more than 50 years’, chef Cüneyt Asan has earned titles including ‘The Professor of Meat’ and ‘Fastest Butcher

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Rocco DiSpirito

Call him a cooking virtuoso, Rocco DiSpirito was born with a gift – the ability to deliver great food, almost instinctively. To watch him is to see muscle memory in action – he doesn't just cook a dish, he is the dish. Shades of Bruce Lee or Star Wars' famous

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