Double concept opener wins head chef prize at Caterer Middle East Awards

Antony Jardella opened The Duck Hook and Hillhouse Brasserie

Following the successful opening of both The Duck Hook and Hillhouse Brasserie, Antony Jardella claimed the Head Chef of the Year – Standalone Restaurant award at the Caterer Middle East Awards 2019.

Jardella led the menu curation of both venues, studying Dubai’s F&B landscape to create the offerings for the two concepts which differ hugely in style, attraction, and nature.


Speaking to Caterer Middle East following his victory at the JW Marriott Marquis, Jardella spoke of the challenges in working on two unique restaurants at once.

“Because the concepts are so different, it was hard being in the mind of one concept then trying to take a big step back and get right into the next concept which is a difficult thing to do when you’re researching it, breathing it, cooking it, every single day. But I absolutely loved it.

More than one of our judges were highly effusive in the talents of this chef, calling him “streets ahead” of the competition which included top chefs such as Diego Sanchez of Lima Dubai.

Jardella collected his award from Sile Sweeney, brand manager at Silver Fern Farms.


Diego Sanchez, Lima Dubai


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