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Enigma chef Frantzen to open restaurant in Dubai

Sarah Jacotine, April 24th, 2016

Swedish chef Björn Frantzén has revealed further details about his new venture in Dubai Design District (d3), following the news last month that his restaurant Frantzén is one of the culinary concepts set to open in the freezone this year.

In a statement released in March, d3 said it will be partnering with F&B outlets that have a 'distinct style and character' rather than global chains to complement its aim of being a creative hub.

In an interview with Caterer Middle East, Frantzén, who is currently in residence at Engima in Palazzo Versace Dubai, said the restautant will "be a Nordic brasserie called Frantzén Kitchen".

Earlier this month the Michelin-starred chef took over from Spanish chef Quique Dacosta to be the second chef at Engima - a restaurant that changes its chef and concept every few months.

His concept, entitled 'Journey of a Nordic Chef', began in mid-April and has brought Nordic ingredients to the region for the first time.

Frantzén explained that the experience at Engima will serve as the ideal training ground for his team, ahead of setting up a permanent presence in the region at d3 towards the end of this year.

"The managers in the kitchen [at Engima] are from Stockholm and are working with the [hotel] guys here.

"It’s good fun and great timing with us, as our team opening at Enigma is the same team that will be opening our permanent restaurant in Dubai later this year.

"It’s good training for them to get used to the market," he shared. 

The concept is due to launch in Q4 2016.

Read the interview in full in the May issue of Caterer Middle East.