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Shortlist announced: The Leaders in F&B Awards 2021

After carefully reviewing all the nominations in the People, Restaurant, and Foodservice categories, the shortlist for the Leaders in F&B Awards 2021 is out.

Below are some of the best venues, chefs, teams, interiors, visionaries, leaders, pioneers, etc., in the region. They all bring exceptional services and products and world-class experiences to the table, some of them are new market disruptors, and others have stood the test of time.

Here are your Leaders in F&B Awards 2021 shortlist:

RESTAURANTS

Best Newcomer

Carna by Dario Cecchini
Terra Secca
Rumba Cuban Bar and Kitchen
Epitome
Señor Pico
Off The Wall cocktail bar
KOYO
Mimi Kakushi Restaurant
Bijou Patisserie
Float Dubai

Leading Nightlife Venue

Antika
A Cappella
Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi
Epitome
Zero Gravity
MOOD Rooftop Lounge
Billionaire Dubai
Noir
Float Dubai
Flair 5

Leading Homegrown Restaurant

Dhaba Lane Restaurant
ZEROFAT
Sugaholic Bakeshop
Yava Restaurant
Rumba Cuban Bar and Kitchen
Mohalla Restaurant
Awani
Catch 22
One Life Kitchen & Cafe FZ LLC
Koko Bay

Leading Brunch Concept

Seven Sisters
“Backyard Brunch” FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar
Brunch in the Clouds
Roberto’s The Signature Brunch
COYA Abu Dhabi
KOYO
STK
Dancing ThaiGer
Salero Fiesta Brunch
Cafe Belge
Buddha Bar – Abu Dhabi

Leading Fine Dining Restaurant

Trèsind Studio
Marbaiya lounge
folly by Nick & Scott
COYA Abu Dhabi
French Riviera
Pierchic
COYA Restaurant
Great British Restaurant
Marea
Bleu Blanc
Sontanya Resturant
Roberto’s

Leading Casual Dining Restaurant

Carnival
Couqley French Bistro & Bar
Mythos
Wavehouse Overview
Reform Social & Grill Dubai
CMP Bar and Grill
The World Eatery
Catch 22
Revo
The Nine
L’Apero at Sofitel Dubai Downtown
SAUCE

Leading Fusion Restaurant

Asil Dubai
Farzi Café
Annabi Restaurant

Leading Healthy Restaurant

ZEROFAT
Comptoir 102
Wild & The Moon
Ultra Brasserie
The Roost Rotisserie
Ostro Restaurant & Cafe
The Coffee Club UAE
Flow
Krave
MyGovindas

Leading Sustainable Restaurant

BOCA
Wild & The Moon UAE
One Life Kitchen
Nobu, Atlantis, The Palm
Hakkasan
Zero Gravity
Art Of Dum
The Noodle House
Flow
MOBY Vegan Sushi

Disruptor of the Year

CÉ LA VI Dubai
Mimi Kakushi
Koko Bay
Kashta on the Beach
Eathos Group

Best Interior Design

OuiBar + Terrace
Off The Wall
Forever Rose Cafe
Rumba Cuban Bar & Kitchen
Catch at St. Regis
KOYO
Mimi Kakushi
Ninive
SAL, Burj Al Arab
Khyber – Dukes the Palm
Carna Steakhouse
Privilege
Koko Bay
Bleu Blanc

Leading Sports Bar

Dhow & Anchor
The Duck Hook
garden on 8
McGettigan’s JLT

PEOPLE

Barista of the Year

Maybelle San Pedro, Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina
Nasser El Harchi, Lana Lusa
Valerie Mekontso, Flow, Jumeirah Restaurants

Bartender of the Year

Batuhan Binkanat, Rockfish, Jumeirah Restaurants
Erl John Borja, Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina
GREGOIRE SCHNERB, COYA Restaurants
Imir Iloja, Mimi Kakushi
Kim Andrew Plata, Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Accor
Luka Kotlica, Nola Eatery & Social House
Noel Locading, Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Atlantis, The Palm
Richard Delos Reyes, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort
Sherine John, Trèsind Dubai
Tul Bahadur Pun, Zero Gravity

Best Restaurant Team of the Year

Publique Dubai
CMP Bar & Grill
Couqley Team
Hakkasan
Larte, Studio One Hotel
Les Cuisines team
Mekong Team
Mimi Kakushi team
Mohalla
Noura Al Khasawneh
Pai Thai
Pascal Tepper Sheikh Zayed Road Team
Porterhouse Steaks & Grills Team
Revo Cafe Team

Chef of the Year

Ali Fouad, Al Nafoorah, Jumeirah Restaurants
Beatrice Segoni, Pierchic, Jumeirah Restaurants
Chef Daniel Pérez Delgado, Lola Taberna Española – Sunset Hospitality Group
Chef Fadi Naim, Couqley DMCC / Couqley French Bistro & Bar
Chef Paolo Lostia, The St. Regis Downtown Dubai
Cristian Goya, Kayto, Jumeirah Restaurants
Crizaldo Nazareno, Sofitel Dubai The Palm, Moana
Dwarika Bhatt, Zero Gravity
Himanshu Saini, Trèsind Studio
Ilias Kokoroskos, Mythos Kouzina & Grill
Kim Joinie-Maurin, French Riviera, Jumeirah Restaurants
Long Chin Pang, COYA Restaurants
Mohammed al Torman, Gates Hospitality
Ragunathan Raju, Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Accor
Russell Impiazzi, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk
Sachin Masurkur, Anantara The Palm Dubai
Sudqi Naddaf, Kempinski Hotel Mall of The Emirates
Thierry Gallas, Radisson RED, Dubai Silicon Oasis
Yugal Kishor, Gates Hospitality
Yunus Emre Aydın, Atelier House, Marea

F&B Entrepreneur(s) of the Year

Alexandros ‘Sperxos’ Pavlopoulos, Efzin Kitchen Lab
Bhupender Nath, Passion F&B
Christian Salloum, BrandPortunity consulting
Emma Sawko, Wild & The Moon
Hadil Akhatib, The Broth Lab
Kenza & Patrick Jarjour, INKED Restaurant LLC
Leanor Atopen, Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina
Manhal Naser, AWJ Investments
Mohammad Alhashmi, ZEROFAT
Sahil Anand, CMP Bar & Grill
Sanjay Vazirani, Foodlink Global Restaurants & Catering Service LLC
Ziad Kamel, Couqley French Bistro & Bar
Antonio Gonzalez, Sunset Hospitality Group

F&B Heavyweight

Naim Maadad, Gates Hospitality
Antonio Gonzalez, Sunset Hospitality Group
Giacomo Puntel, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Hadi Al Hakim, ITF
Panchali Mahendra, Atelier House Hospitality

F&B Marketer of the Year

Abhishek Grover, Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina
Ara Mozelle, Zero Gravity
Cyrine El Klifi of Dukes the Palm, A Royal Hideaway Hotel
Majed Al Alawi, M Management Company
Nicola Walsh, Jumeirah Restaurants
Salwa Azar, Atlantis, The Palm
Yannis Stanisiere, COYA Restaurants
Badr Nour, Eathos

Leading F&B Director

Ayush Tyagi, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel
Charles Theret, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Group
Claudelina Rojas, Jumeirah Group
Damon Wright, Swissôtel Al Murooj Dubai
Daniel Follett, Atlantis, The Palm
Giacomo Puntel, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Nicole Weitsz, Silicon Oasis Hospitality Management

Pastry Chef of the Year

Akshay Batra, Sofitel Dubai The Palm
Alannah Doe, Jumeirah Retaurants
Chef Anbarasan (Anbu), Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Accor
Chef Hamza Mowafaq Ali, Dukes the Palm, A Royal Hideaway Hotel
Christophe Devoille, Atlantis, Dubai
Francis Renion , Comptoir 102
Hugo Sipp, GLB
Jeremiah Gichia, COYA Restaurants
Ravishika Danushan, Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina
Vimal Nair, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Restaurant Manager/General Manager of the Year

Angel (Xiaohui Shi), Pai Thai, Jumeirah Restaurants
Anit Bansal, Sontaya Restaurant
Anna Zheleznyak, Charm Thai, Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina
Caroline Holmberg, CMP Bar & Grill
Clément Audon, La Cantine du Faubourg
Hussein Hadla, Asil Dubai
Inba Rajan, Zero Gravity
Jean-Marc Petrus, Twiggy by La Cantine
Manuel Gastelum, Senor Pico, West Palm Beach
Mathieu Chauvaux, Mimi Kakushi
Roxane Auriel, Couqley French Bistro & Bar
Rupesh Shetty, Hakkasan – Atlantis, The Palm
Sumiarti Ong, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort
Sumit Sharma, Passion F&B

FOODSERVICE

Leading Foodtech Company

PRO TECHnology Co LLC
N.THING
Deliverect
RadYes DMCC
HeyChef
ChatFood

Leader in Foodservice Innovation

Deliverect
Eighty6
Sweetheart Kitchen LLC

Leading Cloud Kitchen

Kitch-in
Kitopi
Kaykroo
Sweetheart Kitchen
iKon

Some categories have been removed due to the lack of nominations. 

Hotel & Catering News Middle East’s Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards 2021, will take place on the 24th of November at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk.

To book a table or for any other inquiry contact:

Sam Alloush
Commercial Director
Mobile +971 55 776 4670
samer@bncpublishing.net

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