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Emma Banks

As the General Manager of Jumeirah Restaurant Group Emma is responsible for over 30 Food & Beverage venues and international franchises, as well as being the driving force behind new concept development; drawing on her business acumen and wealth of experience from likes of Spirit Group and MH Alshaya...  Read More »

Nick Alvis & Scott Price

Between them Nick Alvis and Scott Price worked for Gordon Ramsay for fifteen years in London, Paris and Dubai, before launching their own restaurant, table 9 by nick and scott, in 2011. With Viktorija Paplauskiene in charge of Front of House, they won a string of awards and accolades leading to today with...  Read More »


Becoming a sushi chef, a shokunin, is considered a great honour, and a female sushi chef is extremely rare! Mizuki at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Kyoto is led by female shokunin Chisaki Iba As you enter Mizuki Sushi in Kyoto, the first thing that catches your attention, is not the beautiful...  Read More »

Time to fly

With three different menus based upon three different time frames his goal is to make quality food, which goes way beyond the usual level of airport fare. Food and Travel went to Fiumicino armed with passport and notepad to find out if the project is set to fly. One can say a lot about airport...  Read More »

Gabriel Escarrer Jaume

A graduate of Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, followed by three years at investment bank Salomon Brothers in New York before joining the company his father founded in 1956, Gabriel Escarrer has spent over 20 years at Meliá Hotels; named Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, Business Leader...  Read More »


With a career spanning almost four decades, Michelin-starred chef Chris Galvin has enjoyed a stellar career, working with some of the most celebrated restaurateurs such as Sir Terrance Conran, Antony Worrall Thompson, Paul Gayler, Jeremy King and Chris Corbin and award-winning restaurants...  Read More »

Firebird Diner

Firebird Diner is our All Day Casual Dining choice for all the right reasons, delivering a chic dining experience and after spending an afternoon talking to Chef Mina, Francesca Jackson thought it would just be too rude not to try the epicurean delights first-hand Firebird Diner is an homage the iconic American...  Read More »

Social success

Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, the man behind Marina Social in Dubai our GCC Restaurant of the Year, takes a short break from his hectic schedule to tell Food and Travel what makes him tick, how he carved his own path and what drives him to keep raising the bar even higher You have...  Read More »

South American chic

Food and Travel’s Sudeshna Ghosh caught up with Virgilio Martinez at the latest outpost of Lima Dubai His friendly, unassuming personality belies his celebrity status. That could be one of the reasons why he walked away with the Chefs’ Choice trophy at this year’s World’s...  Read More »

Slim Zaiane

Elegant, urbane, charming and passionate about his work, Slim Zaiane brings a wealth of experience and drive to the Kempinski Mall of the Emirates Zaiane grew up in his family hotel so probably came as no surprise that he should follow in the family footsteps. A BA Honours in Hotel...  Read More »