Luxury Hotels


It’s been a busy food and wine week. On Monday Kylie Minogue was at HOTEL CARLYLE, A ROSEWOOD HOTEL, for the New York launch of her phenomenally successful Prosecco Rosé. In UK, by the way, Kylie Minoque Prosecco Rosé is apparently top-selling branded in its class, with 16.2% marketshare.  It’s the pouring at Annabel’s in the UK.

On Tuesday it was the turn of another world-signature hotel, BURJ AL ARAB in Dubai. It hosted the awards gala of Gault&Millau‘s UAE launch. Jumeirah saw ten of its own dining destinations shortlisted across five award categories.  Al Muntaha, Burj al Arab’s French-Italian restaurant received three toques – the highest awarded in the UAE. Pierchic at JUMEIRAH AL QASR was rated 13 points and a toque (its Executive Chef Beatrice Segoni is thus highest rated female chef in the UAE).

Not surprisingly, Jumeirah’s CEO Jose Silva, a lifetime and devout foodie, had a few words to say: “The UAE’s reputation as a culinary desti thnation has grown considerably over the last 20 years, and as a brand born in Dubai, we are proud to have been at the forefront of this gastronomic evolution. We believe in investing in exceptional culinary talent. The launch of the first UAE edition of Gault&Millau is testament to the quality, diversity and outstanding culinary craftsmanship you will find across the Emirates.”

Gault&Millau asks professional food critics to rank restaurants anonymously on a scale of one to 20 on the quality and creativity of the food, with service, price and the restaurant’s ambiance judged separately. Based on a restaurant’s overall rating, venues are able to display one to five toques (or chef hats), reflecting their positioning in Gault&Millau UAE.

Jumeirah’s winners include 11.5 points for the indoor-out Kayto at JUMEIRAH AL NASSEM – Girlahead loved the miso cod that she tasted when dining there with Madinat area boss Rajesh Jinghon, see above. Let us listen to Jumeirah’s CEO Jose Silva, now: