Singing for your supper: Christian Singer of Dragonfly

Dragonfly head chef Christian Singer talks about Dubai's newest contemporary Asian hot spot

Christian Singer - Dragon Fly

DiningOut Dubai: How does your national influence affect your cooking style at the start of your career, and now? Christian Singer: My nationality was never affecting my cooking style, I am and will always be a person who is open-minded. Having worked in all parts of the kitchen at the start of your career, what is the best part about ... Read More »

Turning Over a New Leaf With Vivek Kashiwale

Mint Leaf Dubai's Head Chef Vivek Kashiwale is on a mission to promote fine Indian cuisine and dispel myths about Indian cooking

Vivek Kashiwale took the reins of Mint Leaf of London {15th Floor, South Tower, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC; 971.4.706.0900} when it opened in 2014. Today, it’s widely regarded as one of the best Indian restaurants in Dubai. Kashiwale has worked in kitchens across the UK and his native India, most recently heading up the team at the original Mint Leaf of ... Read More »

Chef Michael Kreiling Talks Shop

Five minutes with Kempinski Hotel Ajman Executive Chef Michael Kreiling

DiningOut Dubai: How did your national influence affect your cooking style at the start of your career, and how does it now? Michael Kreiling: It certainly affects it, as I come from a very small village in Germany with only a couple of thousand inhabitants living there. I was living directly near a big field of strawberries and we were ... Read More »

Smooth Operator: Ricardo Riera at BOCA

Ricardo Riera, operations manager at award-winning BOCA restaurant in DIFC, chats about the latest restaurant trends in Dubai

Peruvian born Ricardo Riera headed up the operations team at Plata, winner of the prestigious Bocuse d’Or in Oslo, Norway, when he was only 21. He became director of operations at the legendary Botafumeiro in Barcelona, Spain at 27. In 2012 he moved to Dubai to help create home grown concept BOCA and bring a new experience to the dining scene ... Read More »

Yannick Alleno and the pursuit of innovation

Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alleno talks about his passion for innovation and the concept behind STAY at One&Only The Palm

Over the past 25 years Yannick Alléno has surprised and delighted the world of fine gastronomy with his rigorous creations and vision and is often differentiated by his skill at reinventing traditional dishes, giving them a new interpretation and, surprisingly, no extravagance but with modern inspiration. From the age of 15, Yannick Alléno spent his life in the kitchen learning from some ... Read More »

Chef Tristin Farmer Marina Social

Marina Social's Tristin Farmer talks foie gras hot dogs and working with Jason Atherton

Marina Social Patron Chef Tristin Farmer’s career began in his home country of Scotland and has since taken him all over the world. In 2007 his passion for fine food led him to London, where he began his journey with Gordon Ramsay at Claridges. In 2010, he moved to Petrus as Senior Sous Chef, helping them to win a Michelin ... Read More »

Emanuele di Tulio

Speciality Chef at Rosso

  Name of chef : Emanuele di Tulio Outlet : Rosso Position : Specialty Outlet Chef Tenure : 1.5 years 1. How does your national influence affect your cooking style at the start of your career, and now? Before I came to Amwaj Rotana, my cooking style was very much suited to the Italian palate. Having worked in Italy prior ... Read More »

Fume Chef Emiliano Bernasconi

JAS Hospitality

JAS Hospitality welcomes Chef Emiliano Bernasconi as the Culinary Group Director, heading the Qbara Restaurant, Lounge and Bar and Fume Neighborhood Eatery brands. With his combined management nous, leadership skills, professional approach and hard- earned experience working in 5-star and luxury hotels all over the world, Emiliano will be the driving force behind the team, taking it to even greater ... Read More »


Le Meridien Airport Road

How does your national influence affect your cooking style at the start of your career, and now? A chef that travels evolve over the years but for sure your nationality plays big role in your cooking style for life, the food culture you grow up with will always will part of your identity as a Chef, for example I was ... Read More »

Chef Nicolas Smalberger


Nicolas Smalberger Group Executive Chef JA Resorts & Hotels Nicolas Smalberger is a South African national who has been with JA Resorts & Hotels since 2012. He has had an extensive culinary career spanning various countries, and has garnered a wealth of accolades including a sustainability champion award from ‘Pro Chef’ Middle East in 2014 and he has consistently been ... Read More »