In April, The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, announced that three new chefs will be joining adding to the group’s current collection of ten celebrity restaurants. Chefs Francky Semblat, Kim Joinie-Maurin and Kasper Kurdahl command a total of 7 Michelin stars at their most recent culinary appointments. The news followed the recruitment of Michael Ellis as Chief Culinary Officer, the former Managing Director of the Michelin Guide.
This month, Chef Kasper Kurdahl took over his position at the Burj Al Arab. Kurdahl has worked in the Michelin star restaurant realm for more than 25 years. Before joining Burj Al Arab as Executive Chef of Al Mahara in 2019, Chef Kasper was Executive Chef at the famed Le Chalet de la Fôret in Brussels, Belgium, which showcased his experience from cooking in New York, Italy, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, and beyond. Today, working with Jumeirah Group’s CEO José Silva, Chief Culinary Officer, Michael Ellis and Anthony Costa Regional Vice President of Jumeirah Group and Managing Director of Burj Al Arab, Chef Kasper is set to usher Al Mahara into a new era.
“I am excited to work with José, Michael and Anthony to create a new identity for the restaurant, building on its long-standing reputation for fine food. We will introduce a dining experience with a focus on caring and treating the products with respect, enhancing flavours and textures, and serving them in a refined way. It is humbling to be able to convey my style of cooking at the world’s most luxurious hotel. I look forward to seeing how Dubai reacts.”
Whilst Francky Semblat and Kim Joinie-Maurin are both protégés of the famed Joël Robuchon’s school of excellence, Kasper Kurdahl worked alongside culinary legends like Roger Souvereyns. All three chefs add a unique touch to the dining scene at Burj Al Arab.
The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah aims to create elevated dining experiences for its guests, in line with Jumeirah Group’s continued focus on raising the bar in the experience economy. Jose Silva, Jumeirah Group’s CEO added; “We are very proud to announce the arrival of three new culinary experts at our flagship hotel in Dubai. This appointment reveals the start of a more diversified and innovative culinary offering, in addition to our continued focus on the guest experiences, which is a core element of the luxury industry. Dubai’s diverse culinary scene will be a delight for Expo2020 visitors next year, and with over 60 restaurants in Dubai, we are ready to welcome its epicurean guests. This is the start of several other exciting culinary and customer experiences we plan to announce in the near future.”
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