The Best Celeb Restaurants in the UAE

With Dubai Food Festival in full swing, celeb chefs and restaurateurs are taking centre stage
ByOlivia SpadavecchiaTuesday , 25 February 2014
Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli is best known for his two restaurants in London, which have one Michelin star each. In Dubai, he’s the chief consultant for Ronda Locatelli at Atlantis and is looking to sign a new restaurant, Locanda, in Dubai. 
INFO: Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 426 2626, www.atlantisthepalm.com
Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli is best known for his two restaurants in London, which have one Michelin star each. In Dubai, he’s the chief consultant for Ronda Locatelli at Atlantis and is looking to sign a new restaurant, Locanda, in Dubai. INFO: Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 426 2626, www.atlantisthepalm.com
Bufala pizza is one of the all-time favourites on Ronda Locatelli's menu 
INFO: Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 426 2626, www.atlantisthepalm.com
Bufala pizza is one of the all-time favourites on Ronda Locatelli's menu INFO: Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 426 2626, www.atlantisthepalm.com
Gary Rhodes has recently set up his newest restaurant in the region; Rhodes44 at the St Regis Saadiyat Island.
INFO: Rhodes 44, The St Regis Abu Dhabi, 02 694 4553, www.rhodes44.com
Gary Rhodes has recently set up his newest restaurant in the region; Rhodes44 at the St Regis Saadiyat Island. INFO: Rhodes 44, The St Regis Abu Dhabi, 02 694 4553, www.rhodes44.com
The first Indian chef to earn a Michelin star, Atul Kochhar's latest venture in Dubai is Rang Mahal at the JW Marriott Marquis.
INFO: Rang Mahal, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, 04 414 3000, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
The first Indian chef to earn a Michelin star, Atul Kochhar's latest venture in Dubai is Rang Mahal at the JW Marriott Marquis. INFO: Rang Mahal, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, 04 414 3000, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
Pierre Gagnaire is opening a second spot in Dubai CHOIX Patisserie & Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire at InterContinental Dubai Festival City.
INFO: InterContinental Dubai Festival City,
Pierre Gagnaire is opening a second spot in Dubai CHOIX Patisserie & Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire at InterContinental Dubai Festival City. INFO: InterContinental Dubai Festival City,
Sensational French cuisine is on the menu from three Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire at his signature restaurant Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire in the InterContinental Dubai Festival City.
INFO: Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, InterContinental Dubai Festival City, 04 701 1127
Sensational French cuisine is on the menu from three Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire at his signature restaurant Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire in the InterContinental Dubai Festival City. INFO: Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, InterContinental Dubai Festival City, 04 701 1127
Sanjeev Kapoor is a household name in India, and here in Dubai you’ll find his dishes served at Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor at Melia Dubai, and at two branches of Options by Sanjeev Kapoor at the Convention Centre Office Tower and at the Mövenpick Hotel Deira, plus at Khazana at Al Nasr Leisureland Dubai.
INFO: Signature, Melia Hotel, near Port Rashid, 04 386 8111, www.sanjeevkapoor.com
Sanjeev Kapoor is a household name in India, and here in Dubai you’ll find his dishes served at Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor at Melia Dubai, and at two branches of Options by Sanjeev Kapoor at the Convention Centre Office Tower and at the Mövenpick Hotel Deira, plus at Khazana at Al Nasr Leisureland Dubai. INFO: Signature, Melia Hotel, near Port Rashid, 04 386 8111, www.sanjeevkapoor.com
Antonio Carluccio is not slowing down, opening a new venue (and the first licensed one) in the Eastern Mangroves in Abu Dhabi.
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Antonio Carluccio is not slowing down, opening a new venue (and the first licensed one) in the Eastern Mangroves in Abu Dhabi.
Jamie Oliver now has two restaurants in Dubai, the second one opening in Jumeirah Beach Hotel in 2013.
INFO: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, 04 380 8890, www.jumeirah.com
Jamie Oliver now has two restaurants in Dubai, the second one opening in Jumeirah Beach Hotel in 2013. INFO: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, 04 380 8890, www.jumeirah.com
The outspoken TV star and restaurateur Marco Pierre White may be opening even more restaurants in the Middle East
The outspoken TV star and restaurateur Marco Pierre White may be opening even more restaurants in the Middle East
Marco Pierre White's Wheelers in DIFC is now complemented by his second eatery in Conrad Dubai - Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill.
INFO: Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill, The Conrad Dubai, 044447444, www.conraddubai.com
Marco Pierre White's Wheelers in DIFC is now complemented by his second eatery in Conrad Dubai - Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill. INFO: Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill, The Conrad Dubai, 044447444, www.conraddubai.com
Yannick Alleno also holds three Michelin stars and his restaurant, Stay, in One&Only The Palm has had massive success over the years.
INFO: Stay, One&Only The Palm Jumeirah, 04 440 1030, www.thepalm.oneandonlyresorts.com
Yannick Alleno also holds three Michelin stars and his restaurant, Stay, in One&Only The Palm has had massive success over the years. INFO: Stay, One&Only The Palm Jumeirah, 04 440 1030, www.thepalm.oneandonlyresorts.com
Three Michelin-starred Heinz Beck has just opened his first restaurant in the region, Social by Heinz Beck in Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah.
INFO: Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, 04 818 2222, www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com
Three Michelin-starred Heinz Beck has just opened his first restaurant in the region, Social by Heinz Beck in Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah. INFO: Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, 04 818 2222, www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com
The latest star to put his stamp on a Dubai eatery is Hollywood’s Ashton Kutcher. He’s the backer behind the retro burger joint, Ketchup, opened in Downtown Dubai in August 2013, with its signature five varieties of ketchup.
INFO: Boulevard Plaza, Downtown Dubai, 04-363 8595, www.ketchup.ae
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The latest star to put his stamp on a Dubai eatery is Hollywood’s Ashton Kutcher. He’s the backer behind the retro burger joint, Ketchup, opened in Downtown Dubai in August 2013, with its signature five varieties of ketchup. INFO: Boulevard Plaza, Downtown Dubai, 04-363 8595, www.ketchup.ae
Legendary horseman Frankie Detorri has long had his name in lights above the Italian restaurant on JBR The Walk, Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill.
INFO: JBR, The Walk, 04 399 4311, www.rmalhospitality.com
Legendary horseman Frankie Detorri has long had his name in lights above the Italian restaurant on JBR The Walk, Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill. INFO: JBR, The Walk, 04 399 4311, www.rmalhospitality.com
His black cod is always a favourite as he continues to redefine Japanese cuisine. Nobu at Atlantis, which was co-founded in New York with Robert De Niro, is a perrenial hit at Atlantis The Palm.
INFO: Atlantis, The Palm, Jumeirah, 044260760
His black cod is always a favourite as he continues to redefine Japanese cuisine. Nobu at Atlantis, which was co-founded in New York with Robert De Niro, is a perrenial hit at Atlantis The Palm. INFO: Atlantis, The Palm, Jumeirah, 044260760

Dubai has an enviable list of celebrity chef-led restaurants and it keeps growing. This year already we've seen the launch of three Michelin-starred Heinz Beck's first restaurant, Social, in Waldorf Astoria The Palm and Antonio Carluccio's fifth location in the Eastern Mangroves.

Coming up we'll see Silvena Rowe, famous for her UK television appearances, open an Ottoman-themed restaurant in Dubai serving modern Middle Eastern cuisine, and Pierre Gagnaire open his second eatery CHOIX Patisserie & Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire at InterContinental Dubai Festival City. 

In addition to the world-famous chefs, Hollywood stars also put their names behind new eateries, click through for our round-up of the UAE's best celeb restaurants.      

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