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Food & Drink

The best celebrity chef restaurants in Dubai

Wed, May 25, 2022

Delight over award-winning tastes at these fine dining venues in the city.

Delight over award-winning tastes at these fine dining venues in the city.

1

Gordon Ramsay

The enigmatic British chef and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay needs little introduction, thanks to a career involving 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 Dubai on Bluewaters Island.

2

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.

3

Massimo Bottura

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Inspired by his hometown of Modena – known for sublime food, art and supercars – Massimo Bottura's experimental take on Italian cuisine helped make Osteria Francescana one of the best restaurants in the world. Dubai is home to one of his newer gems, Torno Subito, a chic yet casual 1960s-style eatery where you can enjoy playful Italian delicacies by the water. Expect crowd-pleasing dishes, including the trademark cacio e pepe and tagliatelle ragu.

4

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 teams to create dishes that strike a resounding chord. He helped create magic at France's three-Michelin starred Mirazur – named the World's Best Restaurant in 2019 – and now he's the talent behind the supremely sophisticated fare at Celebrities and Beach Bar & Grill at One&Only Royal Mirage.

5

Akira Back

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With over 20 years in the game, Akira Back's style embraces his zest for adventure. He's a prolific restauranteur with a global presence. Dubai is on that star-studded list of notable eateries too, with the eponymous Akira Back at W Dubai – The Palm featuring bold Japanese cuisine with Korean and international influence. Alternatively, Paru at Caesars Palace is home to modern Japanese fare.

6

Gary Rhodes

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, diners can't get enough of the tender lamb cutlets, aubergine steaks and sticky toffee pudding, while the gourmet steakhouse Rhodes Twenty10 is another must-try dining highlight.
7

Jason Atherton

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. 

8

Pierre Gagnaire

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

9

Alvin Leung

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With Michelin stars awarded to his London and Hong Kong restaurants, chef Alvin Leung is now thrilling Dubai diners with signature Asian plates at Demon Duck at Caesars Palace. Located on Bluewaters Island, the eatery takes diners on a journey through the Far East, with fresh takes on Cantonese, Malaysian and Korean classics. Opt for the Duck Journey to sample the best highlights, including whole slow-roasted Peking duck served with citrus calamansi baos.

10

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.

11

Yannick Alléno

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

12

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 for cosmopolitan palates. It's no surprise then 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. 
13

Joël Robuchon

The late chef Joël Robuchon – once named ‘chef of the century’ – delighted gourmands around the world with his exceptional take on French cuisine. Renowned for celebrating seasonal produce and a relentless pursuit of perfection, the influential chef’s restaurants continue to honour his legacy. At L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Downtown Dubai, you can expect his greatest hits and more.

14

Nusret Gökçe

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'Salt Bae' aka Nusret Gökçe rose to fame on social media thanks to viral videos and memes of him slicing meat and sprinkling salt with flair. Since then, he’s served up more delicious surprises at restaurants around the world, including Dubai. The Nusr-Et Steakhouse at Restaurant Village in Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach features the very best cuts, warm service and, if you’re lucky, Salt Bae himself will be there to season your steak with his signature flourish.

15

Heinz Beck

If there's one thing German 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.

16

Daniel Boulud

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A name synonymous with soulful French cuisine, chef Daniel Boulud has built an international culinary empire of note. At Brasserie Boulud in Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, diners can discover a ‘gastronomie francaise’ experience with a touch of Middle Eastern influence. The slow-cooked lamb, pan-seared calamari, and housemade burger are all incredible, while the seasonal specials also delight.

17

Burak Özdemir

An Insta-famous chef that needs little introduction, Burak Özdemir has generated quite a buzz thanks to his super-fast skills and jumbo creations. Bringing his reel magic to CZNBurak in Dubai, everyone can now get a taste of the action. Located on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, the restaurant pulls out all the stops with extravagant plates accompanied with rhythmic drums and flaming salt, no less. You'll also want to visit CZN Burak Burger at The Dubai Mall.

18

Dario Cecchini

The region’s first dining concept by the famed eighth-generation butcher Dario Cecchini takes pride of place at SLS Hotels & Residences. Visitors can expect prime cuts of the finest meats and supreme steaks, as well as a few signatures such as the Chianti sushi made with tartare, and the Tuscan bistecca alla Fiorentina, a porterhouse dish that never fails to delight.

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