Sayad at Emirates Palace Welcomes Chef de Cuisine Shaun Anthony

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, August 28, 2010

The celebrated award winning Sayad fine dining restaurant at Emirates Palace welcomes new Chef de Cuisine Shaun Anthony. Shaun has an illustrious career spanning 12 years working in some of the most highly regarded restaurants in Europe. With 3 Michelin star training and the ambition to ensure Sayad Restaurant is distinguished as one of the worlds best fine dining restaurants, we can expect even more from this signature restaurant at Emirates Palace.

Shaun joins Emirates Palace from Singapore, originally from Canada, he describes his new role at Emirates Palace as an exciting time, “with the opportunity to build on such success and the enthusiastic support from the team, there are no limits to take Sayad to the world” he explains. His passion is fish, his aim, to bring global contemporary seafood to Sayad. He describes his success has been built on three cornerstones “choosing the best sustainable produce available in season, respecting and understanding the ingredients and supporting preservation of the eco system” he explains.

Sayad Restaurant is due to reopen on 15 September and Shaun will bring a contemporary twist to the new menu with mouth watering tempting creations such

as Ocean Trout cured in salt and honey then confit’d in clarified butter, and Shaun’s personal favorites including Halibut with artichokes and Barramundi with asparagus-chevre risotto, orange, and fennel. Meat dishes such as Wagyu Sirloin and Lamb3 are also included alongside a Squab and Foie Gras dish with squab imported from the UK. There will be more to savor at Sayad for the new season.

Born in Canada, Shaun found the passion for cooking at an early age, inspired by his grandmother and the tempting home sweet treats of Canadian Butter Tarts and Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. Excelling in his career across Europe and Asia, with credentials from the famous Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road London Restaurant and Shaun’s recent Chef of the Year Nomination from Napa Wine Bar and Kitchen in Shanghai, he joins Sayad at Emirates Palace when his new menu will be complimented by a new look Sayad Restaurant with the opening of the Sayad Lounge, an idyllic tranquil setting, the terrace overlooks the pristine beach and blue waters of the Marina, a perfect backdrop to take your time to indulge in Sayad.

Prepare for a glittering opening of Sayad Restaurant in September, voted the Restaurant of the Year by Abu Dhabi Gourmet in 2010, this will be the new dining address to impress.


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Tel: +971 2 690 7999 • Fax: +971 2 690 7888

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Editors Note:

Built as an iconic landmark showcasing Arabian culture and hospitality at its finest, Emirates Palace, managed by Kempinski, has created an enviable niche in luxury hospitality, welcoming world leaders, celebrities, global business travelers and leisure guests with a truly memorable and unique experience, luxurious contemporary facilities and amenities in comfortable and traditional Arabian surroundings with personalized world class service.

Situated on a 1.3 km stretch of private white pristine beach and on 100 hectares of manicured lawns and lush landscaped gardens, Emirates Palace comprises 394 luxury rooms and suites and a variety of award winning dining options. The resort’s leisure facilities include two intricately landscaped swimming pools one to refresh and relax and one perfectly designed for adventure and family fun, an Anantara spa, tennis courts, and a state of the art fitness centre.

Emirates Palace houses the most luxurious and technologically advanced meeting facilities in the region which include an auditorium with up to 1,100 seats, the ballroom for up to 2400 guests, over 40 meeting rooms, a Media Centre and a Business Centre and outdoor venue capacity for up to 20,000 guests. As a world-class leader in the Meetings, Incentive, Conference and Events market, Emirates Palace plays host to a spectacular cultural calendar including host for the Middle East International Film Festival, the largest Hotel Art Gallery with regular exhibitions, popular and classical music concert programme. With a FIFA standard football pitch and home to Manchester City’s winter training ground, Emirates Palace offers the best in world sports action including the annual Lashings Cricket Festival.

Emirates Palace, since its inception, has quickly established an enviable reputation in the industry, winning many prestigious industry awards including most recently the 2009 World Travel Awards Best Conference and Convention Centre and 2009 World Luxury Hotel Awards for Best Luxury Business Hotel and World Luxury Hotel Award.

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For more information please contact Emirates Palace:

Janet Abrahams, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing

Tel.: +971 2 690 7900, Mobile: +971 50 8182592


Fatima Al Romaithi, Marketing Manager

Tel.: +971 2 690 7900, Mobile: +971 50 8181052