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Dine at Dubai's celebrity chef restaurants

Mon, August 24, 2020

Delight over Michelin tastes at these fine dining venues in the city.

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Delight over Michelin tastes at these fine dining venues in the city.

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Gordon Ramsay

The enigmatic British chef and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay needs little introduction, with a career boasting several Michelin stars, successful television shows and award-winning dining concepts. Some of Ramsay’s international favourites have found memorable addresses in Dubai, so enjoy classic British fare at Bread Street Kitchen at Atlantis, The Palm and show-stopping cuisine at Hell's Kitchen at Caesars Palace in Bluewaters Island.

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Nobu Matsuhisa

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Down-to-earth Japanese food icon Nobu Matsuhisa is a major source of inspiration for discerning clientele across the globe. In 2008, he opened his celebrity-favourite hotspot, Nobu, at Dubai's Atlantis, The Palm, sparking the trend of modern Japanese dining concepts. At this buzzing restaurant, he artfully blends traditional and contemporary cuisine, with a touch of Arabian indulgence. 

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Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura's experimental take on Italian cuisine may have met with mixed reviews in the beginning, but his three Michelin stars show a change of heart. Inspired by his hometown of Modena – known for opera, art and supercars – Bottura's debut Osteria Francescana quickly gained fame as one of the best restaurants in the world. W Dubai at The Palm features one of his newer gems – Torno Subito, a chic 1960s-style eatery where you can enjoy playful Italian delicacies by the water.

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Giorgio Locatelli

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Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli's lineage speaks to his innate talent for food. Raised among dedicated cooks and chefs in Corgeno, a town in northern Italy, he worked his way through restaurants in Switzerland, England and Paris to become one of the world's greatest chefs. Sample his expertise at Ronda Locatelli in Atlantis, The Palm, a laidback eatery that serves authentic Italian cuisine, with all the flavour and none of the pretence.

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Akira Back

With over 20 years in the game, Akira Back's style embraces his zest for adventure. He's a prolific restauranteur with 16 restaurants worldwide, and more in the works, each demonstrating his global appeal. Dubai is on that star-studded list of notable eateries. The eponymous Akira Back at W Dubai – The Palm serves bold Japanese cuisine with Korean and international influences, while Paru at Caesars Palace Bluewaters is home to modern Japanese fare.

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Gary Rhodes

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Among many with a Dubai connection, probably the deepest belonged to the late Gary Rhodes, OBE. After his first local restaurant, Rhodes Mezzanine at Grosvenor House in 2007, he went on to have a string of successes in the city. Relaunched as Rhodes W1 in 2014, along with popular gourmet steakhouse Rhodes Twenty10, he also once partnered with VOX Theatrefor an out-of-the-box gourmet movie experience.

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Jason Atherton

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Jason Atherton has seen Dubai's food scene evolve over his many years in the industry. The Gordon Ramsay protégé worked at Verre, before returning to his native UK and carving out a formidable reputation in his own right. He later returned to Dubai to open the ever-popular Marina Social. Here, you can enjoy Michelin-quality food in a smart casual setting, enhanced by an open kitchen and a British menu designed for sharing. 

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Pierre Gagnaire

Pierre Gagnaire's fearless approach to cuisine is what makes him a trailblazer in the global fusion movement. The French cuisinier earned three Michelin stars by playing with his food, matching unalike flavours for rich and memorable dishes. His penchant for the eccentric is also apparent at his Dubai-based restaurant and lounge, Pierre's Bistro at Dubai Festival City. Playful and young in its surroundings, the menu is diverse enough to satisfy global gourmands.

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David Myers

It’s only fitting that the famed ‘gypsy chef’ chose Dubai as a base for his latest venture, a city with millions of visitors. His food takes cues from his eclectic experiences, melting diverse tastes into one plate. He's behind not one, but two culinary gems at Renaissance Downtown Hotel by Business Bay – Bleu Blanc features exceptional southern French specialties and a charming outdoor terrace, while BASTA! presents unforgettable tastes from Italy.

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Vineet Bhatia

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One of the most celebrated chefs in the world, Vineet Bhatia is renowned for elevating classic Indian cuisine to new gastronomical heights. Imaginative and experimental, Bhatia's take on food gives fusion a new meaning. Get a taste of his genius at Indego by Vineet, located in the Grosvenor House, or head to Indya by Vineet at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa for 'modern progressive Indian' fare.

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Yannick Alléno

Hotels on the Palm Jumeirah draw crowds not just because of the one-of-its-kind location, but also for the culinary star power. Take for instance three-Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno, whose modern take on traditional French cuisine has been attracting foodies at The One&Only The Palm since 2010. From the glamorous design to the impeccable plating, prepare to enjoy a sophisticated dining experience.

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José Avillez

What sets Portugal's José Avillez apart from his contemporaries is his desire to go the extra mile. Taking cues from his motherland's landscape, from vast oceans to pine forests, Avillez elevates Portuguese cuisine to cosmopolitan palates. It's no surprise that he chose Dubai to open his first international restaurant, Tasca at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It's a 'fun-dining' experience, mixing seamlessly into city's multicultural vibes. 

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Virgilio Martínez Véliz

No one does Peruvian cuisine like Virgilio Martínez Véliz. Celebrity alumni of Le Cordon Bleu, Véliz revives indigenous culinary traditions for the modern world, from recipe to ingredients. He brings his successful London-based concept Lima to Dubai's City Walk, adding a heavy dose of exemplary Incan heritage to the lifestyle destination's eclectic flavour profile. 

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Masaharu Morimoto

World-renowned chef Masaharu Morimoto has perfected his signature taste using a complementary balance of Japanese and Western styles. He treats food as an art, perfecting each dish to stand out on its own. Along with restaurants in Delhi, New York, Las Vegas and Tokyo, the food master launched Morimoto Dubai in 2017, which quickly climbed the ladder as one of the city's favourite haunts for slick Japanese.

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Heinz Beck

If there's one thing German-born, three-Michelin starred chef Heinz Beck excels at, it's modern European gastronomy. He approaches the cuisine from every angle, innovating with simple ingredients, while keeping nutrition at the heart of the dish. He distills contemporary Italian fare down to its elegant and flavourful core at Social by Heinz Beck, located at the Waldorf Astoria on Palm Jumeirah. 

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Mauro Colagreco

Forging his own path based on the techniques and teachings of his distinguished French mentors, Mauro Colagreco is a culinary force to be reckoned with. He blends his Argentinian heritage with the Italian ancestry of his culinary teams to create dishes that strike a resounding chord. Sample his trifecta of Michelin-certified experience, masterful intuition and natural talent at the supremely sophisticated Celebrities by Mauro Colagreco restaurant in One&Only Royal Mirage.

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