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We start the day with breakfast, move on to yum cha, before a feast of impending celebrity chef dining.

Every story should start at the beginning (unless French-Swiss ‘New Wave’ movie director Jean Luc Godard has had a hand in it), and in our world, ‘the beginning’, always means breakfast. In Downtown Dubai, globe trotting-inspired eatery Kris Kros has recently launched a new breakfast menu, now served between 9.30am and 1pm. In keeping with Kris Kros’ international menu, the breakfast selection spans classic egg dishes such as Florentine and omelettes, pastries such as croissants made with cheese, chocolate or zaatar, as well as manakish. Also available to try is a halawe and banana wrap, or the ‘baker house basket’, which contains a variety of bread (baguette, multi cereal, brioche), along with jam, honey or Nutella.

That’s breakfast sorted, so in a similar spirit of globe trotting, let’s follow the Cantonese model for transition to the next meal: dim sum! Swanky Chinese dining haunt Yuan at Atlantis The Palm has announced it will be launching a brand new yum cha Friday brunch, starting on Friday January 31, to coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations. The brunch will offer over 40 varieties of dim sum, including crispy duck and pumpkin puffs and steamed scallop dumplings with XO sauce. The package starts at Dhs188, with soft drinks and tea.

There’s also early news on this year’s Taste of Dubai, and it’s celebrity-shaped. Taking place from Thursday March 13-15, the foodie festival will be welcoming Jean-Christophe Novelli to be one of the primary visiting chefs at the event. The Michelin-awarded French celebrity chef is a favourite on British TV and will be conducting cooking demonstrations.

More celebrity chef news for March comes by way of Austrian celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, who is due to open Cut by Wolfgang Puck in The Address Downtown Dubai.

Also, we’ve reported previously that Australian-born Lebanese chef Greg Mahlouf is due to open a new restaurant in Dubai but we can now tell you it is anticipated to open in March or April this year. The venue, which occupies an immense space in DIFC, will offer two bars, a terrace and a private dining room in grand and impressive proportions. Chef Greg plans to be in residence in his kitchen, bringing together his Lebanese heritage with modern inspirations in the menu. There is no name for the restaurant as yet. Greg is also researching the cuisine of the region with an eye on writing a new cookbook about the food culture of the Gulf.

And for the final celebrity chef- backed blow this week, there is also news that the Waldorf Astoria Dubai is now open, and among the dining spots in there is new restaurant Social, created by chef Heinz Beck, whose restaurant La Pergola in Rome has three Michelin stars.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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