5 minutes with... Pure Sky Lounge's chef

Get to know Pure Sky Lounge at Hilton JBR Dubai's Junior Sous Chef Sven Schmidt

Name: Sven Schmidt
Job title: Junior Sous Chef
Age: 24

How long have you lived in Dubai?
I moved to Dubai back in October 2011. Dubai is a hub of culinary activity and it has a great selection of restaurants and events that offer a multi-cultural gastronomical environment, the perfect place to enhance my culinary skills.

Where do you like to hang out in Dubai when you're not at work?
I love Kitesurfing or Wakeboarding. It is a really good way to stay fit and enjoy the freedom of the wind and water at the same time.

What's your top tip for visitors to Dubai?
My tip is definitely The Walk in front of the hotel together with the new beach promenade. It offers an exquisite variety of restaurants and entertainment.

What one thing would you like to do in Dubai that you haven't done before?
One day I would like to rent an expensive sports car like Porsche or Ferrari and just drive around Dubai. It’s definitely a must-do in Dubai.

What career journey did you take before joining your restaurant?
I started my culinary journey in 2007 as an apprentice in Hilton Berlin. In 2010, I finished my apprenticeship with excellent marks and continued for half year more as Commis de cuisine. During this time I took part in many culinary competitions in Germany, Austria, USA and South Africa. Through these competitions I had the opportunity to get to know many different cultures and cooking techniques. That was the point when I decided to leave Germany and move to another country. Shortly after, in October 2011, I moved to Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort as Pastry Commis. In the following years I was promoted to Demi Chef De Partie and Chef De Partie at the Latin-American restaurant, Pachanga before moving to Pure Sky Lounge and Dining as Junior Sous Chef.

Why should Time Out readers try your restaurant?
We offer an innovative Pan-Asian menu based on a sharing concept allowing our guests to try a combination of innovative flavours and dishes. Guests can also enjoy signature drinks in a unique surrounding, on the 35th floor of Hilton Dubai The Walk, with spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf.

What's the best thing about dining at your restaurant in 2015?
The best thing about Pure is the way we serve the food to our guests. The chefs are serving many dishes and they plate the sharing dessert at the guest’s table. This gives us a great opportunity to interact with the guests and create a unique dining experience.

What's your dish recommendation at your restaurant?
I recommend the 9 course set menu with a delightful variety of dishes, ranging from Pan-Asian influenced plates to Wagyu inspired small bites. This together with our Sharing Dessert will give you a memorable dining experience you’ll never forget.

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