Upcoming MasterChef concept in Dubai appoints head chef

MasterChef, the TV Experience is coming to the city in April
Masterchef, The first group, Dubai

The new MasterChef restaurant concept set to open in Dubai in April has appointed a head chef.

Maria ‘Margarita’ Vaamonde-Beggs will head up the entire kitchen set-up and menu creation at what is set to be the world’s first MasterChef, the TV Experience venue.


Opening in the new Millennium Place Marina in April, it will accommodate 180 covers including a terrace with a capacity of 60.

It’s part of a deal signed between Endemol Shine Group, creator of the MasterChef TV series, and restaurant operators The First Group.

Vaamonde-Boggs has worked in 12 countries across the globe and relaunched the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Buenos Aires in Argentina, as well as working as executive sous chef at Catch LA, and alongside Masaharu Morimoto at his Dubai outlet.

“Our entire objective has been to keep the entire experience focused on the food our culinary stars will create, while offering a casual and comfortable deformalised dining atmosphere without excess trappings,” said Duncan Fraser-Smith, VP of F&B, The First Group. “With food creativity and skill being the cornerstone of the concept, Margarita brings unmatched experience and talent to her latest role in spearheading the entire culinary set-up of Dubai’s most exciting venue opening of 2019.”

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