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Waldorf Astoria Kuwait Announces Executive Culinary Team

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Waldorf Astoria Kuwait Announces Executive Culinary Team

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait introduces its exemplary culinary team, consisting of Executive Sous Chef Ozden Erkmen and Executive Pastry Chef Can Mergen, and led by Executive Chef Gurkan Gozyilmaz.

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait delivers unmatched hospitality and exquisite dining to the heart of Kuwait City, offering a variety of layered culinary experiences that draw on the brand’s international legacy to provide guests with the finest hospitality.

Overseeing all Culinary operations, Executive Chef Gurkan Gozyilmaz brings his extensive experience to a team of outstanding culinary professionals, overseeing culinary operations at the hotel’s main F&B outlets including AVA restaurant, Peacock Alley and OXIO poolside lounge and bar, along with In-room dining, events and weddings.

With over 17 years of international and regional experience, Chef Gurkan fuses diverse cultures with local flavours to deliver unique culinary masterpieces. A seasoned culinary professional, Chef Gurkan’s expertise, devotion, and enthusiasm for the industry as well as his understanding of all elements of the operation supports his position to lead the team to strive to deliver unforgettable hospitality experiences to all guests.

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait also welcomes Executive Sous Chef Ozden Erkmen to the F&B team. Formally the Chef de Cuisine at the hotel’s signature restaurant, AVA, Ozden has stepped into the role of Executive Sous Chef with the responsibility of all culinary operations in the hotel. With his dynamic experience from all around the globe, Ozden compliments Chef Gurkan’s proficiency to extend guests the best dining experience in the city.

Introducing distinctive concepts of classic pastries, Executive Pastry Chef Can Mergen, brings the finest of sweet delicacies to the Waldorf Astoria Kuwait. In addition to continuously developing new recipes for the afternoon tea menus and ensuring seamless operations across all aspects of pastry operations in all F&B outlets, Chef Can works closely with his remarkable team of culinary professionals and other departments to maintain the highest levels of service to their guests. Constantly conceptualizing new recipes allows Waldorf Astoria Kuwait, with the aid of Chef Can, to excel and stand out in the hospitality industry.

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait’s F&B offers uphold the legacy of excellence in luxury service by providing a variety of delectable culinary experiences to their guests. The award-winning Japanese robatayaki restaurant, ROKA, brings world-class dining to the heart of Kuwait. The restaurant’s modern Japanese cuisine concept centres around the Robata grill, which originates from Japan’s northern coastal waters where the fishermen would cook fish on boats with different charcoals and share the food with one another using their oars.

The property’s signature restaurant, AVA, delivers a tasteful and ambient experience with authentic Mediterranean flair, featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients. Inspired by a relaxed coastal lifestyle, the dishes at AVA are light and fresh, showcasing the best cuisine from across the French Riviera, the south of Italy, and the Greek islands. Touting extraordinary views of the luxury wing of The Avenues and a menu that is sure to entice the taste buds, AVA sets the tone for an unforgettable culinary journey.

The iconic Parisian-influenced Peacock Alley is an ideal venue for both sophisticated and informal gatherings where guests can enjoy specialty coffees and fresh meals, indulge in a selection of chocolates and macaroons, or delight in Waldorf Astoria’s signature Afternoon Tea. Paying homage to the original Waldorf Astoria in New York, the elaborately adorned Peacock Alley continues to be a place to see and be seen.

Taking on the management of all Culinary operations at the property, Chef Gurkan along with his team of experts are set to present their guests with a culinary journey to remember. In addition to a wide range of unparalleled dining experiences, the team also offers a range of catering services for weddings and events perfectly tailored for each occasion.

For more information on Waldorf Astoria Kuwait, please visit https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/kwiwawa-waldorf-astoria-kuwait/dining/