Three hospitality experts with a combined F&B experience of almost 50 years have joined The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi with the aim of strengthening its position as a leading dining destination for residents and tourists in the capital.
Sat at the helm of the kitchen operations for the resort, Michael Gremer brings with him more than two decades of culinary expertise and will be responsible for boosting the gastronomic experiences currently available at its restaurants.
Hailing from Germany, the 51-year-old executive chef has a solid background in top management roles in luxury and international hotels across Asia, including countries such as China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan, in addition to wide experience with large-scale launches and renovations in the US and Australia.
Hamza Ghazi Al Durdang is the second to join the team as their newest pastry chef. With almost 15 years’ experience in creating culinary masterpieces in Jordan, UAE and most recently India, he is an extremely talented and innovative pastry chef who specialises in chocolate creations and sugar arts.
Themis Kouris has been welcomed as the venue manager of Mazi Abu Dhabi. Equipped with more than 15 years of international experience in the F&B industry, Kouris has co-owned a bakery and catering business and managed restaurants worldwide, including London, Beijing, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong.
With a passion for wine, Kouris has attended several courses over the past decade to help customers choose the best option to compliment their culinary experience. This knowledge and his likeable personality will be a welcome addition to Mazi Abu Dhabi that has won multiple awards in just four months since its launch.
Gremer said: “I am honoured to be working with a kitchen team that have such an impressive skill set and experience working with some of the biggest names in the industry. We are thrilled to continue the legacy of the St. Regis brand while creating new and innovative menus and culinary experiences.”
Spread across the expansive resort are seven dining venues, including the world-renowned Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi, Mazi Abu Dhabi serving modern Greek cuisine, Mediterranean-inspired Olea, an award-winning Southeast-Asian restaurant Sontaya, The Manhattan Lounge, an onsite pastry shop – The Drawing Room, and the casual pool and beach setting. - TradeArabia News Service
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