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Fairmont The Palm welcomes new Chef De Cuisine Romain Van Durmen

Publish Date: 11-Jun-2017

Dubai Sunday, June 11, 2017

Fairmont The Palm Dubai has announced the appointment of a new Chef De Cuisine, Romain Van Durman. Responsible for The Chefs Palette, Chef Romain will manage the resorts dedicated cooking studio where he will drive individual and group cooking classes for guests and residents.

A Belgian national with over ten years of culinary experience, Chef Romain is fluent in English and French with a degree inHospitality Administration and Management from L’Institut provincial D'enseignement Secondaire in Tournai, Belgium. Chef Romain started his culinary career completing a series of internships within two Michelin starred restaurants Le Château Du Mylord and Sea Grill by Chef Yves Mattagne both within Belgium. His first official role was Chef de Partie at Luxury Brasserie, Belgium until 2006 where he moved back to Sea Grill, until 2008. From here, Chef Romain became Chef de Partie at Zaranda, a two Michelin star gourmet restaurant in Mallorca. Moving back to Belgium and becoming Sous Chef for La Petite Madeleine, Chef Romain decided to open his own catering service called Rendez-Vous Chez Vous in 2011, servicing a range of clientele from private homes to large company events. 

Prior to working at Fairmont The Palm, Chef Romain moved to Dubai in 2014 to become Chef de Cuisine at a five star luxury brand in International Financial Centre managing the kitchen for Café Belge and Sunken Garden, operating and managing a team of 16 Chefs for three years.

Executive Chef Alain Gobeil commented; “I am thrilled to have another talented chef join our culinary team. Chef Romain’s experience and knowledge within the kitchen will add a new dimension to The Chefs Palette, where we will be launching a series of new, regular and interactive cooking classes for guests and residents to enjoy”

The Chef’s Palette is an immersive, interactive cooking experience for diners of all ages seeking to create dishes to indulge in, pick up new skills in the kitchen, or simply enjoy an alternative dining experience within Dubai. A cooking studio equipped withtop German quality cooking appliances under the brand name Gaggenau. The Chef’s Palette puts a unique spin on dining, offering a collection of sessions designed and tailor made to be enjoyed in small groups with family and friends, for a special celebration, or as a corporate team-building activity.
About Fairmont The Palm
Located on the Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island shaped in the form of a palm tree, Fairmont The Palm is the perfect luxurious family resort in Dubai that offers 381 lavish rooms and suites with modern décor and Arabic touches overlooking the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai Skyline. A choice of dining experiences await the guests including the Brazilian restaurant “Frevo”, the Mediterranean seafood restaurant “Seagrill Restaurant & Lounge” and the international dining outlet “Flow Kitchen”. Fairmont The Palm presents a wide range of leisure and outdoor activities including four outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pools, private white-sand beach and a full-service state-of-the-art health club with personal training and group exercise classes. Children between the age of 18 months and 15 years, will be entertained with fun and educational activities in the indoors “Fairmont Falcons Kids Club”. This hotel presents eight event areas ideally suited for social functions, corporate events and exclusive wedding parties.  Fairmont The Palm is only 25 minutes from the Dubai International Airport and close to the main shopping malls and local attractions in the city. 
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About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 2,600 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit  
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