Chef behind world’s best restaurant Mirazur to take over three Dubai eateries

The Argentinian-Italian chef Mauro Colagreco won top honours at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 for his French eatery

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 13, 2019 Italian-Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco poses in his "Mirazur" restaurant on the French riviera city of Menton after being awarded with a third star in the Guide Michelin. Colagreco was elected "best chief of the year" by his French pairs on September 23, 2019. / AFP / VALERY HACHE
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Mirazur's Mauro Colagreco became the culinary whizz to get France its first number-one slot at the World's 50 Best Restaurants award ceremony at a chef-studded ceremony in Singapore earlier this year. And now, it seems that Dubai is going to get a taste of his culinary creations.

The UAE has long had a penchant for award-winning chefs who, in turn, are drawn to the Emirates based on the spending power and culinary appreciation of the multicultural population. It’s no surprise, then, that Colagreco, the chef patron of Mirazur, will take over operations at One&Only Royal Mirage from November.

The Argentinian chef, who has Italian grandparents and does a mean haute French cuisine, will oversee the Dubai resort’s three fine-dining restaurants –Celebrities, The Beach Bar & Grill and Esplanade – and create menus and dining experiences for discerning foodies.

At the June World's 50 Best Restaurants, Mirazur's Colgreco, was lauded for his tasting menu, which includes salt-crusted beetroot with caviar cream; a brioche of potatoes with melting egg (from the chicken coop) and white truffle; and bread infused with ginger and served with a Pablo Neruda poem.

The three Michelin-starred restaurant won top honours for its “unrivalled views of the French Riviera, three levels of cascading vegetable gardens churning out the sweetest produce and a team of outrageously talented cooks”.

Several other award-winning chefs helm eateries in the UAE, including Chefs Massimo Bottura, Alain Ducasse and Yannick Alleno, whose establishments were part of the World's 50 Best Restaurants in June.

In September, Chef Gregoire Berger won at Best Chef Awards for Dubai restaurant Ossiano.