New F&B leadership team for Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi
A number of new appointments have been made over the last few months to bulk up the food and beverage team at the Abu Dhabi hotel
Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi has welcomed a new team of F&B leaders to manage the 10 outlets of the hotel.
The food and beverage team is helmed by David Russell, who was appointed as the director of F&B in 2018. He joined the property from the Jumeirah group in Abu Dhabi where he managed all the food and beverage outlets.
All-day dining restaurant Café Palmier is now managed by Riyon Prakash who was born and brought up in Kerala, India. Prakash. who comes from a hotelier family, has had many years of experience in the Middle East, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia. While working, he has achieved a distance learning Bachelor Degree of Business Administration from Calicut University.
Assel Nurymbayeva has taken over the role to oversee the operations of the New York Italian-themed @District by Amalfi. Nurymbayeva hails from Kazakhstan and studied International Hospitality & Tourism Management in Bournemouth. Her parents encouraged her to be involved in the tourism industry; they run a family business of restaurants in her native country.
Irish pub PJ O’ Reilly’s is handled by Emily Knight who was born in London. Her career started as a bartender while she was attending university in 2001. Knight began her career in the UAE as a waitress at a pub in Dubai in 2004, having spent most of her childhood growing up in the Middle East.
Market Kitchen’s new leader is French-born Ismael Sielinou, who has 11 years of restaurant experience and has worked in the UK, USA, Switzerland, Singapore and the Caribbean. He was most recently the F&B Manager at Miami’s Edition. He on-boarded with the restaurant recently with its head chef Jhon Faver Fonseca.
Shane Mott, hailing from Florida, United States, now leads the team of Stratos Revolving Lounge Bar & Grill. Her career in hospitality began as a food runner in a Texas Roadhouse. Her first job in Abu Dhabi was as a business development manager, but decided to move to hospitality operations as the restaurant manager.