Alila Jabal Akhdar is pleased to announce the appointment of Danny Wilkinson as Executive Chef, who brings 12 years of experience and the best of his culinary ingenuity to the dining experience at the resort.
British-born, Danny built the early years of his culinary career in gastropubs and casual restaurants, before moving on to five-star hotels and Michelin-starred establishments, trained by some of the world’s top chefs.
From 2011 to 2013, he worked at the 5-star luxury Coworth Park Hotel in Ascot, UK, part of the Dorchester Collection, where he had the opportunity to cook regularly for Queen Elizabeth as well as numerous celebrities and movie stars. He then joined the three-Michelin-starred Waterside Inn where, working alongside chef-patron Alain Roux, he learnt how simple food can taste amazing with meticulous care and attention to every detail from land to plate.
In 2014, Danny’s culinary journey brought him to the Middle East where he furthered his experience as Sous Chef at Pacha Ibiza Dubai’s French fine dining restaurant, Frioul, as Head Chef at The Sportsman’s Arms in Abu Dhabi, and most recently as Private VVIP Chef at the exclusive Al Gurm Villas.
Drawing on his experience in both fine and casual dining, and a world of different cuisines, including British, European, American and Middle Eastern, Chef Danny believes in using the best of his knowledge to create great food that is not only moreishly tasty but presented invitingly too. As the Executive Chef at Alila Jabal Akhdar, Chef Danny will oversee its ongoing commitment to sustainability. All food waste produced by the hotel is composted and provides vegetable waste oil back to the hotel’s organic farm. In addition, the restaurant has built its menu entirely around sustainable practices, farm-to-table meals, as well as waste and plastic reduction.
Beside cooking, Danny is a very talented sportsman, having played basketball for his university, snooker in the premier league, golf with a plus 8 handicap, and competitive rifle shooting. Surrounded by the raw beauty of the mountains at Alila Jabal Akhdar, no doubt Danny will be found quenching his thirst for new challenges out on the Via Ferrata!
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ABOUT ALILA JABAL AKHDAR
Jabal Akhdar, meaning “The Green Mountain” in Arabic, is part of the Al Hajar mountain range, one of Oman’s most spectacular regions. Perched here 2,000 metres above sea level, Alila Jabal Akhdar overlooks a dramatic gorge, surrounded by awe-inspiring views of the Al Hajar Mountains. This Oman resort is the perfect base for exploring the region’s magnificent landscape of rugged, untouched beauty while experiencing the height of sumptuous comfort. Favoured amongst hotels in Nizwa, the resort is a haven for adventure travellers, nature lovers and those seeking a retreat from the desert heat.
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The Middle East, Africa & The Indian Ocean
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Andrew Harper Grand Awards Winner Favourite Hotel, Pools, Spa 2018
Condé Nast Traveler's Our Favorite Hotels in the World: Gold List 2018
Conde Nast Traveller Middle East Readers’ Choice Awards Top Oman Resort and No.3 Middle East resort 2017
Global Brands Magazine Awards – Best Boutique Resort Oman 2017
BBC Good Food Middle East Awards Restaurant of the year Oman 2017
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