‘MasterChef, the TV Experience’ restaurant to open in April

Acclaimed chef Maria Vaamonde-Beggs will head the kitchen at Millennium Place Marina

‘MasterChef, the TV Experience’ restaurant to open in April
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We’ve long been waiting for the arrival of the MasterChef concept in Dubai, and now we know the opening date is nearing.

The world’s first “MasterChef, the TV Experience” restaurant is due to open in April this year, and it will deliver diners the recipes and dishes of contestants and champions from various global shows of the reality TV show.

Setting up shop in the new Millennium Place Marina, the kitchen will be headed by Venezuelan-born chef Maria Vaamonde-Beggs.

Vaamonde-Beggs has already begun developing the menu, and she will be the decision maker in which dishes, created by global MasterChef contestants and winners, will be on the menu.

The restaurant itself will be able to host 180 guests, along with seating 60 more on its terrace. It will have an “industrial’ interior design” inspired by the recognisable setting of the TV series, complete with a dedicated drinks bar.

Career highlights of chef Vaamonde-Beggs include launching Catch Dubai as sous chef, transferring to Catch LA as executive sous chef, and returning to Dubai as executive sous chef for Morimoto.

“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 de-formalised dining atmosphere without excess trappings,” said Vice-President of F&B at The First Group Duncan Fraser-Smith.

“It will establish an emotional connection, through food, and nurture a passion for cooking at all levels of expertise across all ages and cultures, which is vital in a cosmopolitan hub such as Dubai.”

Will we get to tuck in to Elena Duggan’s Modern Australian tuna niçoise from MasterChef Australia? Or maybe some of Matt Preston's Egyptian rice pudding? We’ll have to wait and see.

There’s another new restaurant by chef Costas Spiliadis popping up in Dubai at the end of the year, due to open at The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences.

Watch this site for further updates.

Due to open April, 2019.

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