Salvatore Barcellona Appointed as Specialty Chef at Amwaj Rotana

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Rosso Restaurant welcomes new Specialty Chef

Salvatore Barcellona Appointed as Specialty Chef at Amwaj Rotana

Dubai, 13 January 2020 – Rosso, the Italian restaurant at Amwaj Rotana, Jumeirah Beach Residence, welcomes Salvatore Barcellona as the new specialty Chef.

Born and raised in Sicily, Barcellona brings with him extensive hospitality experience coupled with inspiration of the flavours and richness from his home region, intense passion and high-quality standards. He began his career in Italy and worked in upscale restaurants in the country and other parts of the world. In 2011, he made his move to the Middle East region to work as the head chef at the Italian restaurant in Radisson Blu Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Barcellona joins Amwaj Rotana from its sister property, Media Rotana, Dubai where he held the position of Specialty Chef at the Italian restaurant, Prego’s.

Chef Barcellona believes there is more to managing the kitchen as a head chef and portrays this by involving himself in the process of making a dish and taking time to transform a simple dish into an innovative culinary piece.


About Amwaj Rotana

Ideally located along Dubai’s famous leisure and retail strip known as “The Walk”, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), guests experience the height of comfort at Amwaj Rotana and also benefit from the features around the vicinity such as Jumeirah Beach, retail shops and entertainment options.

Amwaj Rotana boasts the largest hotel rooms along JBR each with its own balcony facing the Arabian Gulf Sea and Palm Jumeirah. The hotel presents a portfolio of 301 tastefully furnished rooms and suites including the prestigious Club Rotana offering bespoke exclusive services for guests. Families staying at the hotel can also benefit from connecting rooms and suites. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available throughout the hotel.

With seven great dining concepts offering Italian, American/Japanese, British/American and International cuisine as well as live entertainment, happy hours, theme nights and more, guests can expect a fun-filled and exciting gastronomic experience at the award-winning Rosso, Horizon, JB’s Gastropub and Benihana with its live Teppanyaki show.

Guests looking for a casual setting with sharing concepts can head to the newly opened lounge, Fumo. The menu boasts delicious sushi and new style sashimi from Benihana, Lebanese dishes with a modern twist, wood-fired flatbreads from the host kitchen, Rosso, and many more. The design of the lounge is laid back chic with an Arabesque feel where guests can also enjoy a grape mint or a double apple.

Recreational activities on the hotel grounds include the Bodylines Fitness and Wellness Club that comprises two temperature-controlled adults' and kids' swimming pools, a fully-equipped gymnasium, Jacuzzi, steam rooms, sauna and a spa. The kids get to have extra fun with Flipper's Kids’ Club – an activity centre under supervision for kids aged between 4 to 10 years.

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 or by contacting one of the regional sales offices.