Atlantis The Palm scoops up F&B win at Hotelier Middle East Awards
Daniel Follett was awarded F&B Manager of the Year at the event
Daniel Follett took home the top food and beverage prize at the Hotelier Middle East Awards 2019, claiming the awards for F&B Manager of the Year.
Based at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, Follet has overseen yet another successful year for the hotel which has launched a number of brands over the past 12 months.
These included the partnership with Solutions Leisure to launch the entertainment concept Wavehouse, and the relaunch of the famous Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan.
Following the closure of Yuan at the hotel, Follett facilitated the relocation and reopening of Hakkasan within two months, resulting in an increased average spend of 38%.
Follett spoke to Caterer Middle East following his win at the rock star-themed awards held at JW Marriott Marquis on October 23, and said: “We’ve had a busy year, we’ve done a lot. We’ve forged some great relationships with a lot of brand partners, opened up some amazing restaurants, and really paved the way to have some new and exciting food and beverage at Atlantis, The Palm."
Follett, who received his award from Sealand Pacific's Marina Buznikova, added: “It’s been a great year but there’s lots more exciting stuff to come.”
Still on the horizon for Atlantis this year is the opening of White Beach club with Addmind in November, while there’s also a host of Michelin-starred collaborations with chefs during culinary month which runs from November 3.
The other shortlisted nominees were:
• Baris Molvali, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Dubai
• Daniel Follett, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
• Gorjan Kandikj, Media One, Dubai
• Grant Budde, Queen Elizabeth 2, Dubai
• Hemant Shekhawat, Taj Dubai
• Khalid Al Bulushi, Crowne Plaza Duqm, Oman
• Simon Slim, Holiday Inn Kuwait
• Sreejith Purushan, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
Highly Commended in this category was awarded to Grant Budde, Queen Elizabeth 2, Dubai.