Celebrity chefs in Dubai

Huge list of notable names winging their way through the emirates

Enrico Bartolini
Enrico Bartolini
Choix Patisserie & Restaurant
Choix Patisserie & Restaurant
Claudio Sadler
Claudio Sadler
Jones the Grocer
Jones the Grocer
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Get ready for a spree of upcoming chef visits – from Jones the Grocer through to At.mosphere Grill.

Dubai’s foodie calendar is currently chock-a-block with celebrity and celebrated chef visits. Last week, the Emirate saw French legend Pierre Gagnaire arrive for the launch of Choix Patisserie and Restaurant, as well as Italian Giorgio Locatellli and Indian Atul Kochhar, both working on new menus for their respective restaurants Ronda Locatelli and Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar. French TV favourites Eric Lanlard and another Frenchman, Jean Christophe Novelli, were also in residence for the festival Taste of Dubai.

But this week, and onwards into April, is no different and sees more Michelin-awarded and notable names in residence at restaurants across Dubai.

Starting us off, Jones the Grocer’s Dubai branch will be welcoming chef Theo Randall for a cooking class on Tuesday March 25. Here, the chef responsible for The River Café in London winning its first Michelin star will be showing visitors how to make sea bass carpaccio and fresh pappardelle pasta with beef ragu.

More Michelin-level Italian cookery is in sight this week at BiCE Mare too, which welcomes Italian chef Enrico Bartolini. The youngest Italian chef to achieve a Michelin star, and now with two stars to his name, Enrico is creating a special menu for the restaurant inspired by Italian olive oil, which will be available from March 24-April 30. To kick this promotion off, chef Enrico will be in the restaurant on Monday March 24, and guests on this evening can sample a special five-course menu, featuring Terra del Sole olive oil in each dish. The recipes range from warm potato foam with zabaglione and salmon eggs to a dessert of crunchy herb biscuits, caramelized banana and bronte pistachio ice-cream.

BiCE is getting ready to welcome Claudio Sadler. Chef Claudio will be preparing a special menu during the period, which will culminate in a four-course gala dinner with grape pairing on Wednesday April 23.

And as part of this Italian Michelin spree, chef Antonella Ricci will also be in residence at Certo, from Wednesday April 2-4, as previously reported in Time Out.

And no stone is left unturned in this Michelin spree – Dubai’s steakhouses are at it too. Hélène Darroze is one of the world’s most respected female chefs, with notable restaurants in London, Paris and Moscow. She will be gracing the kitchen of the world’s highest restaurant, At.mosphere Grill from Monday April 28-30. During this time you can try two degustation menus which will show off Hélène’s signature style, using references from here Southwestern French heritage, with internationally inspired touches and nods to the flavours of the Spanish Basque country. These special menus will be available as three-courses at lunchtime and six courses for dinner.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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