By Andy Sambidge
Jason Atherton will open his first restaurant in region at upcoming InterContinental Dubai Marina
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) on Sunday announced that top UK-based chef Jason Atherton will debut his first restaurant in the Middle East in the upcoming InterContinental Dubai Marina.
Atherton cut his culinary teeth in Dubai when he served as executive chef of Gordon Ramsey's restaurant Verre in 2001.
He then gained worldwide recognition in 2011 when his flagship London restaurant, Pollen Street Social, was awarded a Michelin star just one year after opening its doors.
Atherton is now returning to Dubai to expand his international culinary reach, which includes highly acclaimed restaurants in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai.
Atherton said: "The Marina has transformed by leaps and bounds since I last lived here 10 years ago, and it's exciting to be a part of the area's vibrant culinary scene.
"I'm looking forward to working with InterContinental Hotels and Resorts and being a part of their repertoire of world-class signature restaurants."
Part of the Bay Central development, InterContinental Dubai Marina is set to open by the end of 2014 and will feature 132 hotel rooms, 196 InterContinental Residential Suites and seven additional food and beverage outlets, including restaurants, bars and a nightclub.
Phil Broad, vice president of Food & Beverage, Asia, Middle East and Africa, at IHG, said: "Food is a critical part of travelling and entertaining and we understand the need to deliver extraordinary dining experiences for our guests and diners. That's why we have established this partnership with Jason Atherton."
InterContinental Dubai Marina will be the fourth IHG hotel in the UAE, joining InterContinental Abu Dhabi and InterContinental Dubai Festival City.
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Why is every chef the "top chef" and every dj the "top dj" in Dubai?
so, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay are no longer the top guys in the UK for cuisine?
Please! Jamie Oliver never has been, he makes tv programmes and sells recipe books to people who don't cook; Gordon Ramsey swapped credibility for dollars and (very entertaining) reality tv. Jason, however, is well up there with the current generation of British chefs. Can't wait to go - like most fine dining restaurants in Dubai they eventually give up and become glorified steakhouses but it'll be nice while it lasts.
I don't doubt that Ramsay, Pierre-White, Sandoval, Oliver and company are all soulless cash cows. I've eaten at Marco Pierre-White's place in DIFC, nothing special (and my friend and I were the ONLY table occupied). Oliver's place in Festival City was just ok, Sandoval's Maya is utter blahhh...and overpriced....sorry to say. Outside the restaurant - atmosphere...inside...looked like the aforementioned IHOP. Never ate at a Gordon Ramsay place but I am just tired of the chef revolution where they are being made to look like the latest rock stars where each day there is some miscellaneous, non-recognizable and unknown to the general public chef (like the gazillion DJs I refer to that infest every club and touted as world class and famous) that is the top guy only because he comes to Dubai. Media is not selective, I suppose. Kind of like Nat Geo where there are 100 food travel shows with different hosts but, conceptually, all the same.