Blue Orange Restaurant manager voted region's best
Pivotal to the success of the Blue Orange Restaurant at the Westin Dubai, Arun Narayanan was crowned Restaurant Manager of the Year in the 2011 Caterer Middle East Awards.
Judges said competition for the award, sponsored by Acqua Panna / San Pelligrino, was extremely tough this year, but Narayanan shone through having demonstrated excellence in business - continually raising the bar at the already successful restaurant.
“You need to be innovative and look for something new all the time to remain competitive. You need to see what’s happening around and then you get new ideas where you can put in your thoughts too and create a successful restaurant,” said Narayanan when asked upon collecting the award what his secrets for success were.
He was was recognised as often going above and beyond the call of his duty; looking after key clients, increasing covers and introducing new brunch concepts to achieve figures that spoke for themselves.
Ashley Saxton, restaurant manager at MJ’s Steak House, Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, and Louis Noronha, restaurant manager at Wavebreaker, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, were highly commended in this category.