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106749 18 Feb 2019

Shangri-la Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi Welcomes New Executive Chef

Kenan Demirel has been appointed by the prestigious hotel to oversee the culinary activities in the kitchens across all its restaurants

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi has announced the appointment of its new executive chef, Kenan Demirel, who brings more than 18 years of international culinary experiences to its award-winning dining venues.

Part of the Shangri-La family for the past nine years, Chef Kenan will be at helm of all culinary aspects of Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi – from enhancing current menus to improving the efficiency of kitchen operations, including seven food and beverage outlets, in-room service, large banquet functions and outside catering events.

Chef Kenan has moved to the capital from his role as executive chef at Shangri-La Hotel Shenzhen in China, where he supervised culinary operations for three years.  He also worked as executive sous chef at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, since 2012 before moving to Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta in Indonesia in 2015.

With a training in hospitality and tourism, Chef Kenan started his career as a chef in 2000 and honed his skills by working at international hotels in Kazakhstan and Ukraine.  His journey within Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts kicked off with the pre-opening phase of Shangri-La Hotel, Manzhouli in China in 2010, where he joined as a Western sous chef.  He was quickly promoted to the role of executive sous chef, continuing his service at the hotel during its launch and forward until 2012.

Born in Antalya, Chef Kenan stepped into the kitchen in his early twenties.  His first impression of gourmet skills came from the aroma of dishes that his grandmother cooked using firewood.  He is also equipped with a master of business administration from Geneva Business School, Switzerland.  He takes pride in his efforts in learning about different cuisines, food and cultures, and updating himself on new dining trends and recipes from around the world.


For reservations, guests may call (971) 02509 8888 or send an email to reservations.slad@shangri-la.com.


About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts:

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000.    Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.    Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.    The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, Bahrain, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.    For more information, visit www.shangri-la.com.