Top chef in secret talks for Abu Dhabi opening
A world-renowned chef visiting the UAE for this month’s Gourmet Abu Dhabi is in top secret talks to open two restaurants in the capital emirate, according to event organisers.
Gourmet Abu Dhabi’s star-studded list of master chefs participating in the event, which started on February 5 and runs until February 14, has attracted the attention of various local entrepreneurs looking to bring the next big celeb chef restaurant concept to the region.
Now Caterer’s sources have confirmed that one of the masterchefs involved in the event - which included 24 Michelin-starred chefs - is on the verge of signing a contract to open two fine dining outlets in the capital city.
“Negotiations are entering a final stage so it would be improper to identify the chef concerned, but two restaurants now look almost certain,” said Peter Knipp of the Gourmet Abu Dhabi organising committee. “Other masterchefs have also received offers which are now under active consideration.”
The ADTA launched Gourmet Abu Dhabi as an annual event, aimed at reinforcing the UAE capital’s reputation as a gastronomic destination.
Commenting on the success of the event, His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahayn, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), said: “We have received extremely encouraging responses and the city’s hospitality industry has got firmly behind the event, which is really inspiring our indigenous food and beverage professionals.
“I am convinced the benefits will be new outlets and heightened standards of fine dining and service. It is an excellent start for an event which can deliver tangible business, tourism and positioning benefits,” he concluded.