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143187 05 Nov 2018

New Italian Chef at Prego's

Beach Rotana welcomes Antonino Chirieleison

Beach Rotana is pleased to announce the appointment of Antonino Chirieleison to spearhead the kitchen of its popular Italian restaurant Prego’s. Chef Antonino is no stranger to the UAE with previous professional experience including The Address Downtown Dubai, the Grand Hyatt in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

From his native Sicily, Antonino moved on to a number of reputed restaurants, among them L’Andana in Tuscany bearing the signature of 2 Michelin star Chef Alain Ducasse where he held the position of Sous Chef. He then decided to develop his career further in London, only to make the next move to Dubai in 2012.

His main inspiration to become a chef roots in his childhood in Messina where he watched his mother and grandmother preparing the food for their infamous family feasts every Sunday morning. “Kneading the dough, cutting it into identical pieces, marinating the meat with tomatoes and fresh herbs from our garden – with all the attention to detail my curiosity for the art of cooking grew. Today, there is hardly anything I enjoy more than challenging and developing my culinary skills.”

Antonino’s main aim is to bring authenticity to the dishes and to encourage guests to try something new. Once a dish makes its way onto the menu, it’s the beginning of the next journey of creating and introducing a new flavor. “I always try to bring in an authentic Italian dish that is a specialty in my country, but never got the chance to be introduced outside Italy. There are so many options that are not known to fans of our cuisine, and I’m aiming to make Prego’s the place for them to experience something traditionally new.”

Prego’s has just scooped another accolade for ‘Best Italian Restaurant’ at the What’sOn Awards 2018 in October. The restaurant also possesses a bar area, a terrace overlooking the water and is open daily from 12.00pm to 11.30pm.

For more information and reservations, please call +971 (0)2 697 9011 or email fb.beach@rotana.com.


About Beach Rotana

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, this award-winning city resort boasts a central location while at the same time overlooking a beautiful bay. The property offers 565 rooms and suites as well as 12 unparalleled dining destinations. 11 banqueting rooms with a total of over 3,700 sqm² of indoor and outdoor conference space make it the ideal venue for any type of event. The Beach Club features temperature-controlled adults’ and kids’ swimming pools, 120m private beach, water sports, and a fully equipped Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club, complemented by Zen the spa offering exquisitely designed treatment rooms and soothing relaxation areas. The hotel is directly connected to the shops, cinemas, and services of Abu Dhabi Mall, and is mere minutes from Saadiyat Island, the new Central Business District and the Corniche. Yas Island and Abu Dhabi International Airport is just a 30-minute drive.


About Rotana

Rotana currently manages a portfolio of over 100 properties throughout the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe with an aggressive expansion plan in place. Rotana has chosen to acknowledge how precious time is by making all time spent in their range of hotels ‘Treasured Time’. This means Rotana has pledged to understand and meet the individual needs of all guests. In so doing, Rotana has evolved its product brands to include, Rotana Hotels & Resorts, Centro Hotels by Rotana, Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana, Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana and The Residences by Rotana. Treasured Time. The Rotana promise to you.

Further information on any Rotana property, its brands or reservations can be obtained by visiting rotana.com or by contacting one of the regional sales offices.