Cristal Abu Dhabi hires executive chef

Kiwi John Taylor specialises in seafood and game meats

John Taylor.
John Taylor.

John Taylor has been appointed as the new executive chef at Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi.

In his new role, Taylor will oversee the hotel's food and beverage outlets as well as Park Station, with a view to introduce creative fusions of various cuisines.

He said: “I was lucky enough to grow up in New Zealand where the produce of meats and fresh fish are of an extremely high standard. The culinary training there is not only college-based but industry-related, where you get a grasp of what the hospitality industry is all about. I am delighted to bring that experience to Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi.”

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Taylor’s career began more than 25 years ago, with his first taste of the industry in the UK. After which he worked in Sweden, his native-New Zealand and the Caribbean, working in several restaurants and hotels.

Taylor specialises in seafood, beef, lamb and game meats. He accredits this talent to the high quality food markets and culinary academies of New Zealand where he lived and studied.

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