Get to know De Ambrosis Giovanni, Development Chef at Purobeach UAE
Name: De Ambrosis Giovanni Job title: Development Chef at Purobeach UAE Age: 38
How long have you lived in Dubai? Since 2008.
Where do you like to hang out in Dubai when you’re not at work? I don't like to be lazy, so I go around Dubai to discover new outlets and concepts, visit friends and really love sport and going to the beach... Sun is my soul.
What’s your top tip for visitors to Dubai? Old souk, where you can feel history and culture, boulevard and BurjKhalifa– and of course to really relax and get out the City – come to Purobeach to really relax!
What one thing would you like to do in Dubai that you haven’t done before? Sky dive or to cook some Italian food for Sheik Mohammed in his villa.
What career journey did you take before joining your restaurant? Collectively I have lived in several countries around the world. I haven’t always been a Chef – I was originally opening new businesses and consulting. It all began in my hometown in Varese when I was 13 years old. I then moved onto cooking and my first experience was in Zanzibar where I worked in a top resort called Breezes, Palms and Baraza Beach Club. I have also worked in Sardinia, Lake Como, Venice, Moscow to work in 8 corporate restaurants, Cuba, I then went to Shanghai to open a fine dining Venetian restaurant – did some consulting in China and then to Dubai in 2008.
Why should Time Out readers try your restaurant? Just like Purobeach – the food I serve is beautiful, soulful and has character. Along with the beauty, it’s also really healthy. Our brunch on a Saturday serves a mix of fresh grilled meat, salads and other healthy treats – all fresh and cooked to order.
What’s the best thing about dining at your restaurant in 2016? You can eat a mix of food from all over the world that is conceptually summarized as “3M” (Marrakesh, Miami, and Melbourne). At Purobeach,guests can eat in a relaxed atmosphere on the beach or by the pool – or if something more formal is desired the wonderfully decorated restaurant is also an option. We also have live singers, DJs and performers, so Purobeach offers a little something extra!
What’s your dish recommendation at your restaurant? Astice(blulobster) allacatalana, poached lobster served with fresh tomato, Tropea purple onion, celery, basil, with Mediterranea dressing.
Aside from where you work, where else do you like to dine in Dubai and why? At lunch when I am free, I will always have something healthy. I like to go around Dubai to find new concepts of food, from the expensive to the value options. I love going to Bur Dubai or Karama to find the local food.Another place I have had a good meal was at a Yemeni restaurant in Al Barsha, where I had a full lamb which was cooked under the ground and that was delicious.A very good Thai restaurant called Busaba has recently opened at The Beach, I love how they cook their vegetables and chicken and I love their green papaya salad.
What is the best dish you’ve ever tasted in your life and who made it? Fish on the beach in Zanzibar. It was at the Baraza Resort and Spa. It was fresh local caught fish – Trumpet Fish – which was given to the Chefs by the fishermen directly as they came in from sea. It was grilled in a banana leaf with seasoning of lemon, black pepper and papaya sauce. It was the first time I had tried this fish,it’s very easy to eat as it only has one bone and is very fleshy. It really is the best fish I have ever eaten.