Fairmont Dubai appoints new executive chef

Fairmont Dubai appoints new executive chef

Renald Epie

Renald Epie, the French-national brings Michelin-starred experience, as well as over 20 years of culinary skills in perfecting the art of classical French cuisine. Prior to joining Fairmont Dubai, he started off his career in the culinary world at the age of 15 in Chicago, only to become a chef at the age of 21. He worked at Alain Ducasse’s luxurious establishments such as Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo, The Spoon Food and Wine in Paris and La Bastide de Moustier in South of France. He has also worked in many other famous restaurants including Citrus Etoile, Bar and Boeuf and II Cortile before moving to Qatar as a private chef for the ambassador of France.

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In 2013, Epie landed in Dubai to join the Burj Al Arab team to head-up Al Mahara, the acclaimed seafood fine dining restaurant before being promoted to executive sous chef, a role, he held for two years before moving to the sister property Jumeirah Al Naseem to be part of the pre-opening team. He then joined Atlantis, The Palm in the same capacity. In his new role, Epie will oversee Fairmont Dubai’s 10 food and beverage outlets including the multi-award winning restaurants Noire and The Exchange Grill.

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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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