Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire to design menu for new restaurant at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Pierre Gagnaire is a French chef, and the head chef and owner of the eponymous Pierre Gagnaire restaurant. (AFP)
Updated 06 August 2019

Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire to design menu for new restaurant at Louvre Abu Dhabi

DUBAI: Louvre Abu Dhabi announced plans on Tuesday to open its first fine dining restaurant with a menu designed by renowned French chef Pierre Gagnaire.

The restaurant will be a branch of Fouquet’s, a historic high-end brasserie restaurant with locations in Paris, Cannes, Toulouse and Marrakech. Gagnaire runs 15 restaurants around the word, including Dubai, with a combined 15 Michelin stars.

According to the announcement, the restaurant’s menu will include a number of Fouquet’s signature dishes that reflect “the local culture and the tastes of an international clientele.”

The aesthetics of the restaurant – set to open in 2020 – are designed by Louvre Abu Dhabi architect Jean Nouvel. They will feature “Arabic patterns” and will have “panoramic views of the sea.”

“With the opening of Fouquet’s at Louvre Abu Dhabi next year, the museum continues to bring unique and exceptional experiences to Saadiyat Island,” Manuel Rabaté, director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said.


Startup of the Week: Saudi baker and chef winning hearts of food lovers

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Updated 20 August 2019

Startup of the Week: Saudi baker and chef winning hearts of food lovers

  • Working over 15 hours a day and being self-taught was just the start; Essam is the interior and graphic designer, the marketer, the CEO and the chef at White Mountain

A Saudi bakery and restaurant business specializing in pastries is finding its way into Saudi hearts with a delectable selection of fine Italian, French, and Swiss foods.
Ahmad Essam, 28, a self-taught baker and chef, left a productive family business to create what is now one of the most prestigious bakeries in Alkhobar.
Essam set up his bakery and restaurant while working as a production engineer, selling tarts and cakes to his friends.
He was overwhelmed by the encouragement he received, and little by little Essam, his dream of running his own company emerged.
Working over 15 hours a day and being self-taught was just the start; Essam is the interior and graphic designer, the marketer, the CEO and the chef at White Mountain.
Baking French pastries such as croissants, macarons, mille-feuille, eclairs and tarts require a true artisan. Essam described the glory he feels when he bakes, saying: “Dealing with precise tips to get the real essence of French pastries and reaching a level to bake without recipes is a matter of experience and good knowledge. Being a real baker requires a lot of learning as it’s not only about mixing water and flour; its trick lies behind the process of fermentation that sometimes lasts for days.’’
Every once in a while, the young man distributes membership books to loyal customers. “On Valentine’s Day, we distributed 3,000 roses,” he added.
Essam is very passionate, and dreams of opening a cooking academy in Saudi Arabia so he can inspire other amateur bakers; he told Arab News about his future 12,000-square-meters cooking village project that he is aiming to create in Riyadh, “including a library that collects all cookbooks, a seasonal spice shop, a great lake garden, a pizzeria, glossary shop and more, all of which falls under one theme: Cooking.”
For him, business is an obsession and profession. “Chefs have their egos. They are dealing with a tricky job and they know what they are doing exactly. They do not accept comments or advice from other chefs,” he explained.
You can follow him for more information on White Mountain on Instagram: @wm.bakery.