Chef Nicola Rossi starts new journey at Four Seasons

Chef Nicola Rossi
Updated 27 May 2018
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Chef Nicola Rossi starts new journey at Four Seasons

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh has announced the promotion of Italian Chef Nicola Rossi, previously Chef de Cuisine, to Executive Sous Chef.
Chef Rossi, who graduated from the “Istituto Tecnico Luigi Nervi,” has more than 15 years of professional culinary experience. Prior to joining Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, he has worked at a number of restaurants in Italy such as the Ristorante 668, Osteria Pane & Salame, Palazzo Cattaneo and Ristorante Zahir.
“I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my culinary career,” said Chef Rossi. “I’m happy that my skills will be put to use and I will be able to extensively expand my scope of experience through this new role and responsibilities.”
Chef Rossi will be working hand on hand with Executive Chef Ahmed Fawzy ensuring that all F&B (food and beverage) offerings at the hotel are top-notch.
“This Ramadan, as part of his role Chef Rossi ensured to renew and present an extensive selection of mouth-watering dishes during our renowned Ramadan Iftar Tent buffet that includes global and local specialities in addition to a variety of cold and hot mezze offerings, an extensive sushi station, an enticing salad bar, an authentic homemade pasta station and much more,” the hotel said in a statement.
“For this occasion, Chef Rossi invested his outstanding skills and gastronomic experience to ensure every dish is a haven of taste, and your iftar is nothing short of spectacular.”
Chef Rossi believes that guest satisfaction is the most important indicator to the success of any chef. He also aims to introduce his guests to the rich Italian history through his dishes. He added: “In the kitchen the entire team works together to deliver excellent food quality and strive to be authentic and trendy at the same time.”


Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”