Centro Barsha by Rotana, Dubai, has appointed Hamzeh Saffaf as its new executive chef.
Saffaf began his career at the age of 15 years working in the kitchen of a restaurant in his home country of Syria.
No stranger to Rotana, Saffaf first joined the company as oriental chef/chef de cuisine at Centro Capital Centre by Rotana Abu Dhabi in February 2012. During this period, he completed a two-month food and beverage management training in order to gain perspective from outside the kitchen. He subsequently joined Al Ain Rotana as speciality outlet chef while being in charge of banqueting kitchens. At Centro Barsha by Rotana, Dubai, he will be leading the culinary team at the hotel’s restaurant, c.taste, as well as that of the hotel's private catering and banqueting unit,
Saffaf counts several achievements in his time so far with the company, being one of the chefs who contributed recipes for the standard Arabic recipe book used across all Rotana hotels and conducted training for other Oriental chefs, especially among newly appointed colleagues, within the group. Prior to joining Rotana, he worked for Le Meridien Dubai as well as at independent restaurants Beiutna and Jedoudna in Dubai.