Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Heightens Culinary Prominence With Celebrated New Chefs
BY: LAUREN JADE HILL
The landmark hotel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, has announced the arrival of three new prominent chefs — Francky Semblat, Kim Joinie-Maurin and Kasper Kudahl — who bring the experience of world-renowned restaurants with a combined seven Michelin stars between them.
Dubai’s dining scene has become increasingly exciting in recent years, with some of the world’s most celebrated chefs making their mark here. The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has been at the heart of the city’s culinary scene. And this has only been heightened with the former managing director of the Michelin Guide, Michael Ellis, becoming Jumeirah’s new chief culinary officer.
The three new chefs are joining Burj Al Arab’s current collection of ten restaurants. Francky Semblat will be in the kitchen of modern French dining spot, Al Muntaha; Kim Joinie-Maurin will be joining the team of chefs at panoramic Skyview restaurant; and Kasper Kudahl will be welcomed to the seafood restaurant known for its floor-to-ceiling aquarium, Al Mahara. Each of the chefs brings a different set of culinary expertise and their own vision for the restaurant they’re now a part of.
Francky Semblat comes with more than 23 years of experience at acclaimed restaurants in Paris, Shanghai and Macau. After honing his skills at the Joël Robuchon school of excellence, he went on to work at Joël Robuchon’s three-Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris and Macau, followed by L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Shanghai. This chef is now known for his classic French culinary style.
Kim Joinie-Maurin also learnt his craft alongside Joël Robuchon, with the last 12 years spent at Robuchon restaurants in Las Vegas and Singapore. The chef now combines his French culinary skills with diverse cultural influence.
Finally, Danish national Kasper Kurdahl arrives with more than 25 years of Michelin-rated restaurant experience. He most recently worked at Le Chalet de la Fôret in Brussels where he drew on his experience of cooking in New York, Italy, Spain, Japan, France and Germany.
With such global experience, these three chefs add even greater culinary diversity to the dining scene at Burj Al Arab.
Commenting on the arrival of these three chefs, Anthony Costa, the regional vice president of Jumeirah and managing director of Burj al Arab, says: “I am thrilled to be welcoming chefs Kasper, Francky and Kim to Burj Al Arab. Their experience at some of the world’s best restaurants coupled with their diverse backgrounds and entrepreneurial adventures will pave the path to a wonderful gastronomic journey.”
To this Jose Silva, Jumeirah Group’s CEO, then adds: “We are very proud to announce the arrival of three new culinary experts at our flagship hotel in Dubai. This appointment reveals the start of a more diversified and innovative culinary offering. This is the start of several other exciting culinary and customer experiences we plan to announce in the near future.”
Find out more by going over to jumeirah.com.