InterContinental Abu Dhabi announces new Executive Chef
Chef Chris Curtis brings more than 18 years’ experience to one of the Capital’s most iconic hotels
Abu Dhabi, 16 October 2016: InterContinental Abu Dhabi has announced the appointment of new executive chef Chris Curtis to oversee day to day operations and cuisine for seven award-winning restaurants at the hotel, as well as banquet events and outside catering services undertaken by the property.
Originally from Australia, Chef Curtis brings more than 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry. The appointment is a homecoming for Chef Curtis to InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, who was previously Executive Chef at InterContinental Danang in Vietnam between 2011 and 2013 and Executive Sous Chef at InterContinental Shenzhen, China between 2006 and 2007. Prior to re-joining InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Chef Curtis headed up the F&B outlets at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Kuwait.
Chef Curtis will undertake responsibility for all seven restaurants at InterContinental Abu Dhabi including Chamas the iconic Brazilian restaurant launched in 2009, Circo which opened in 2015 offering authentic Italian cuisine with a twist, the classic European style Belgian Café and Byblos Sur Mer, the Lebanese restaurant offering al fresco dining and of course the legendary Fishmarket restaurant.
“I am delighted to welcome Chris to our team at InterContinental Abu Dhabi,” said Ivor Prestwood, General Manager at InterContinental Abu Dhabi. “His extensive culinary expertise will help further establish the hotel as a key culinary destination both for local and international visitors. Chris will play a key role in the overall diversity of our cuisine by providing strategic direction and creativity helping to strengthen our culinary offering”.
Chef Curtis commented: “I am pleased to have joined a hotel that is already well known for its exceptional cuisine, iconic restaurants and globally renowned dining experiences. I look forward to working closely with the food and beverage team to further elevate our offerings.”
InterContinental Abu Dhabi is an iconic landmark in the heart of the UAE’s capital, located just a short drive away from the bustling downtown, the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre and Abu Dhabi International Airport.
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