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18747 05 Dec 2023

Garage restaurant is thrilled to announce the appointment of its new Chef De Cuisine

Garage Restaurant at W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island Welcomes its Newest Chef De Cuisine Naveen Raja

Abu Dhabi, UAE (05 December 2023): Garage restaurant, located in the buzzing W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island, is thrilled to announce the appointment of its new Chef De Cuisine, Naveen Raja. With over 15 years of experience in the culinary world, Chef Naveen brings a wealth of expertise in a wide range of global cuisines, making him a perfect fit for Garage's diverse culinary offerings.


Originally from India, Chef Naveen Raja has honed his skills in some of the most prestigious establishments across the UAE, the Maldives, and India such as Five Jumeirah Village Dubai, Taj Exotica Resort and Spa Maldives, Jumeirah Hotel at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, and Trident Hilton – Chennai, India. His appointment reflects Garage's unique food movement and ability to deliver an unparalleled dining experience to its guests, showcasing an eclectic mix of tantalising tastes and a commitment to quality and consistency.


As Chef De Cuisine, Chef Naveen Raja will take on several key responsibilities, including overseeing Garage’s culinary operations, creating menus for buffet and themed events, researching new flavours and ingredients, inspiring the team spirit within the kitchen, promoting sustainability and waste management initiatives, designing dishes that diners crave for, and developing training programs for junior chefs so they can excel and progress.


The newly appointed chef, Naveen Raja said, "I am truly excited to join the Garage team at W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island and it is a wonderful moment in my career. My journey in the culinary world has been shaped by my passion for creating memorable and meaningful dining experiences. I look forward to bringing a vibrant approach and even more innovative concepts to Garage, where we will continue to elevate the culinary scene on Yas Island."


Garage Restaurant, a culinary movement at W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island, is known for its commitment to diversity and its dedication to delivering an unforgettable dining adventure to every guest. With five distinct and intriguing culinary hubs, including Meat Vault, Nikkei House, Mezze Bar, Steam Table, and Tart Van, along with the Tap Wall serving an array of refreshing beverages, Garage Restaurant is a haven for taste seekers, elevated street food enthusiasts, and gourmet partygoers. The venue is also renowned for offering the best brunch in Abu Dhabi, receiving the award for Best Brunch 2023 at the recent FACT Awards.


Janine Gerlich, General Manager of W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island said, "We are thrilled to welcome Chef Naveen Raja to the Garage and W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island family. His extensive experience and passion for culinary innovation perfectly align with our aim of creating moments of connection and designing experiences you can’t get anywhere else. We are confident that under Chef Naveen's guidance, Garage will continue to be an authentic culinary destination that excites and delights our guests."


For more information about Garage at W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island and to experience the original concepts that are anything but mainstream curated by Chef Naveen Raja, please visit the website.


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