5 minutes with...China Grill's chef

Time Out spends five minutes with the chef at China Grill, inside the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina in Jumeirah

Name: Owen Stewart
Job title: Chef de Cuisine, China Grill

How long have you lived in Dubai?
Imoved to Dubai 3 years ago.

Where do you like to hang out in Dubai when you’re not at work?
I like to chill at home. Do yoga and try different restaurants that this city has to offer.

What’s your top tip for visitors to Dubai?
Come during the winter months, not summer. Enjoy all the different cultures in this city both old and new Dubai.

What one thing would you like to do in Dubai that you haven’t done before?
A hot air balloon over the city.

What career journey did you take before joining your restaurant?
I started cooking at 18 when I attended culinary school, after which I worked around New York for a while before I started working with China Grill. After 25 years working and opening restaurants around the US and UK for the company, I decided it was time to look for different experiences, which is what brought me to Dubai where I worked for two years before returning to help open china Grill in the Westin Hotel.

Why should Time Out readers try your restaurant?
Expect the unexpected. China Grill has restaurants in New York, Miami and Mexico City; but in Dubai we have changed some of the menu items to suit the local diner sand flavours of Dubai. We use the best products in our food and beverages. And it’s always a fun experience when you come to China Grill.

What’s the best thing about dining at your restaurant in 2016?
China Grill’s dining concept and food was built around the travels of Marco Polo and we use fresh seasonal ingredients to produce our dishes. We also engage with our guests from the moment they make a reservation - inquiring if they have any allergy so that we can prepare for them once they arrive at the restaurant. Our goal is to wow the guest and make them fell like China Grill is their home.

What’s your dish recommendation at your restaurant?
My favorite dish is Kalbi Spiced BBQ Short Ribs with kimchi pickled jalapeno chilies. The short ribs are cooked for 48 hours. Also our Dim Sum is a big favorite that everyone should try and we can’t forget the desserts Bananas in a Box and the Cheesecake Lollipops.

Aside from where you work, where else do you like to dine in Dubai and why?
I like to dine out in the place that I can relax and isn’t too crowded, it all depends what food I am in the mood for. I have tried a lot of different cuisines since I have being in Dubai.

What is the best dish you’ve ever tasted in your life and who made it?
Moccha which is a Brazilian fish stew made by my grandmother.

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