OUR CULINARY TEAM

CHEF JULYSS ALBOR

Filipino Masterchef, Halal Filipino Food & JA Fitness Food

Featured at the Philippine Halal Exposition 2017, Chef Julyss successfully showcased a selection of Philippine cuisine such as Chicken Adobo sa Gata, Crispy Bone Marrow Kare Kare and Duck Arrozcaldo to the international community. He is an independent culinary consultant, assisting restaurants with filipino cuisine menus. He worked as an Executive Chef at Elite MC Group Abu Dhabi for seven years.

CHEF JOHN BUENAVENTURA

Cluster Executive Chef,

Meraas Holdings Al Seef Lifestyle Hotels

As a young entrepreneur putting his stamp on the local food scene while changing the game for Filipino restaurateurs who mostly prefer to be comfortable within the community niche, it has been sheer blood, sweat, and tears that lead him to where he stands now. Armed with fifteen years of hardcore culinary experience, John expresses that despite the long hours, the roller coaster of entrepreneurship, and the hundreds of cuts and bruises, he couldn’t imagine dedicating himself to anything else. Chef John is now the Clusted Head of Culinary at Meraas Holdings (Marsa Al Seef) Lifestyle Hotels.

CHEF ENRIQUE SUAREZ

Executive Chef, Foodmark

Max's Restaurant & Carluccio's

An Executive Chef with 2 decades of successful experience. Highly adaptable and accomplished in all cuisine types including Italian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, French and Filipino. Possesses proven versatility with experience in hotels, independent restaurants, off site catering, store fronts and manufacturing. Experienced in operating food and beverage establishments in UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Muscat, Egypt and the United Kingdom.

ALBERT OPENA

Beverage Master and Mixologist,

Ounce Dubai

Established in 2013, OUNCE is the leading Event Management solution, a facilities management and consultancy specializing in Food & Beverage services, providing manpower supply not limited to professional Bartender, flair bartender, mixologists, wait staff, hostess & chefs in the UAE. Their clients include MMI, DWTC, Spinney’s Abu Dhabi and  Flash Entertainment as well as major events such as Formula 1, Meydan World Cup, Trade Center Concerts, Rugby 7s, Taste of Dubai and Du Arena Concerts.

 

Alberto also works as a freelance Brand ambassador and Trade Marketing Executive under MMI - the home to the World’s leading beer, wine and spirits brand, as well as many other companies in Dubai.

CHEF ANDREW PADERES

Group Executive Chef, Stars N' Bars

Without formal culinary schooling, only fueled with pure passion and love for his craft, he rose from the ranks and worked his way up to where he is now. 


Chef Andrew Paderes is known to have great kitchen leadership and an unorthodox way of training and mentoring his brigade. Unlike other chefs, his calm demeanor is what his staff and people in the industry admires about him. 
 

A graduate of BS Hotel and Restaurant Management at University of Sto. Tomas Manila, Philippines. He started as a line cook and gained culinary strength from different stints in the Philippines - became a culinary instructor (UST) before he pursued bigger experiences abroad where he acquired extensive culinary background and Michelin star experience like in MAZE by Gordon Ramsay and NOBU in London.
Equipped with his extensive experiences and his passion for continuous learning and with a good eye on detail, he became unstoppable.


Being in the UAE for 9 years he has opened and became a consultant of big successful restaurant brands. He has received numerous multimedia accolades and Industry nominations and awards. 
For several years, He was the only Filipino featured in the annual foodie event Taste of Dubai.  Currently, He is the Group Executive Chef of Stars N’ Bars. (La Mer in Jumeirah and Yas Marina AUH)
He has brought a different take on the usual American cuisine. He has injected his
personal touch and twists on his menu from various culinary influences.

CHEF RODERICK HINAMPAS

Executive Pastry Chef, LIFCO Group

The man behind the grandiose cake for the 121st celebration of the Philippine Independence is an experienced Executive Pastry Chef at LIFCO Group with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry. A professional with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management focused in Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management from the University of the Philippines and an active member of the Emirates Culinary Guild and UAE Volunteer.