‘Dubai not yet a fine dining destination’ says Jumeirah's chief culinary officer

But Michael Ellis believes it’s 'only a matter of time' with Burj Al Arab a key factor
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Dubai’s food scene is not yet at the level to be considered a fine dining destination, Jumeirah Group’s chief culinary officer Michael Ellis has told Caterer Middle East.

The former Michelin Guide international director said that “people do not come to Dubai for fine dining, as you would go to Paris or Tokyo or Hong Kong or New York”.

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This is despite recent statistics from KPMG’s food and beverage report showing the city has more restaurants per million people than all of them except Paris.

Ellis is trying to change that by improving the standard across Jumeirah’s 62 dining concepts in Dubai, and he has just hired three chefs with Michelin star experience to run restaurants in the Burj Al Arab.

“It’s arguably the world’s most famous hotel, it’s an iconic hotel, and it’s a destination hotel. I think today we are ready to have fine dining destinations in the Burj,” he said.

Despite believing that Dubai does not currently have the required standard to match the likes of Paris and New York, Ellis said it is “only a matter of time before Dubai does become, and is considered, a fine dining destination, just like other great capitals of the world.”

You can read the full interview with Michael Ellis in the June issue of Caterer Middle East. Subscribe now to get your copy at: https://subs.itp.com/40-caterer-middle-east

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