Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community has welcomed Artyom Hakobyan as the new chef of Cucina, the hotel’s Italian eatery.
Originally from Armenia, Hakobyan joins the Marriott family with seven years’ experience and a love for molecular gastronomy.
Hakobyan found his calling to the culinary world when he began his career in the army where he served for two years as a chef in the kitchen. With a degree in culinary arts, he got his first break at the Mama Mia Pizzeria in Yerevan, Armenia. He then moved to Ankyun in the same city as demi chef de partie where he oversaw the salad section, learned the basics of molecular gastronomy and discovered a love for Italian food. After a year, Hakobyan traveled to Abu Dhabi to join Italian restaurant Porto Bello at the Grand Millennium Al Wahda as demi chef de partie. During his five years at the property, Hakobyan was responsible for the pasta and risotto dishes, along with being a reliever of the pizzaiolo chef.
Hakobyan then joined Mazina at The Address Dubai Marina as chef de partie speciality where he worked for almost two years. Over that period, he was responsible for curating the menu which included pizzas, pastas, raviolis and other Italian delicacies. He also acted as the reliever for the chef in charge of the steak section.
He has been recognised over the years by Sial Middle East Abu Dhabi with medals in La Cuisine as well as by the Emirates Salon Culinary Dubai.
In his new role at Courtyard by Marriott Green Community, Hakobyan will be looking over the daily operations of Cucina and will play a key role in a new concept catering to weekend dining launching on September 22, 2017 at the restaurant.