DUKES F&B director to bring distinctively British taste to Dubai
Seasoned UK professional, Carl Chapman, to bring Best of British experience and eye for detail to new DUKES Collection property on Palm Jumeirah; tasked to position unique portfolio of six outlets as flagship for Brit themed dining in the emirate
Dubai-based luxury property developer and holding company Seven Tides has announced the latest addition to the executive team for its under-development DUKES Dubai hotel and residences on Palm Jumeirah, with the appointment of Carl Chapman as Food & Beverage Director.
A UK national, Chapman has worked for some of London’s most respected hospitality brands with a globally recognised dining pedigree including The Savoy, Claridge’s and Simpsons in the Strand, as well as at the renowned Fairmont Château Lake Louise in Canada.
He joins DUKES Dubai from the high profile InterContinental London – The O2, Greenwich, where he was an integral member of the opening team for this luxury flagship property under the Arora Hotel Group banner, and instrumental in the creation and successful delivery of a number of culinary concepts including a fine dining restaurant, brasserie and rooftop bar.
“Carl’s knowledge of the UK culinary scene and years of hands-on operational expertise will add immense value to the DUKES Dubai food and beverage offering, and we are confident that, along with his executive team colleagues, he will be instrumental in positioning our unique portfolio as a one-of-a-kind dining destination for Dubai,” said Abdulla bin Sulayem, CEO, Seven Tides.
During his two decade-long career, Chapman has also held senior event director roles and led the team at Fairmont-owned iconic hotel The Savoy, as well as landmark restaurant Simpsons in the Strand, following its multi-million dollar restoration and relaunch in 2010.
The first international property for the DUKES Collection brand, the 279-room hotel and 227-hotel apartments is scheduled to open for business in Q4 2016 and Chapman will oversee the launch of six exciting dining and lounge venues as well as catering for extensive meeting and events space.
Guests can choose from the Great British Restaurant, which will serve modern British brasserie-style cuisine under the culinary watch of the hotel’s executive chef, Martin Cahill; West 14th Steakhouse, already an award-winning institution on Palm Jumeirah; the first international outpost for top rated Mumbai Indian restaurant, Khyber; DUKES Bar, named after its London namesake and the venue for a menu of signature cocktails; the Tea Lounge; and a gentleman’s club styled Cigar Lounge.
“Dubai’s reputation as an emerging culinary hub presents us with a unique opportunity to put the DUKES stamp on the local scene and showcase Best of British across all aspects of the hotel operation, including dining. Carl is the man to bring this vision to life, and we have extremely high expectations for our exciting portfolio of restaurants and lounges.” Said Bin Sulayem.
Established in 2004, Seven Tides has developed its own portfolio of commercial, residential and resort properties in some of the world’s most desirable locations. Its award-winning flagship hotel, DUKES London, is situated in the fashionable Mayfair district and has been a hospitality icon in the capital for over a century.
About DUKES Dubai
DUKES Dubai is set to add a distinctly English flavour to the city’s luxury hospitality offering when it opens later in 2016. The property will bring 279 guestrooms and 227 hotel apartments to the hotel scene, together with world-class leisure, conference and entertainment facilities including a stunning private beach, indoor pool, outdoor infinity pool and state-of-the-art gym, along with five food and beverage outlets.
It is owned by Seven Tides, a privately owned internationally oriented holding company based in Dubai and established in 2004. Currently focusing on hospitality and real estate sectors, Seven Tides thinks progressively, works creatively, partners strategically and acts quickly. The result is a current portfolio of offerings from landmark hospitality acquisitions and commercial buildings to residential towers and multi-use complexes in the gateway cities of London and Dubai.