Caterer Middle East - - Editor’s Comment -

You’re go­ing to dis­agree with the list you’ll find on pages 18-38. You’re go­ing to say “why did they put her there?” and “I can’t be­lieve they don’t have him in it.” At one point you will snort de­ri­sively. It’s the na­ture of these lists. They pro­voke de­bate, they cause ar­gu­ments, and they can’t ever please ev­ery­one.

At Caterer Mid­dle East we think that’s what makes them in­ter­est­ing. It’s im­pos­si­ble to give an ob­jec­tive list of the 50 most ‘pow­er­ful’ peo­ple in the Mid­dle East’s F&B in­dus­try, but we want to tell you who has im­pressed us over the last year with their new con­cepts, in­trigu­ing ideas, or star qual­ity. We want to high­light the peo­ple that ev­ery­one lis­tens to… and that ev­ery­one should be lis­ten­ing to.

And when you see a place where you know we are ob­vi­ously wrong, don’t just shout at the mag­a­zine or iPad screen, tell us!

There’s no doubt that we would love to have more women on the list. Due to many fac­tors, women don’t make as big a mark on the scene as men — but it’s cer­tainly not for lack of tal­ent. Hope­fully we will see more in 2019 and we’d love it if you could draw our at­ten­tion to any women you think de­serve to make an ap­pear­ance.

It’s also a very Dubai-cen­tric list, de­spite great things hap­pen­ing all over the Mid­dle East and North Africa. While we try to cast a wide net, it’s nec­es­sary for chefs and restau­ra­teurs to shout about their achieve­ments so we can find them. Is your brand do­ing well? Tell us about it. Opened a new res­tau­rant? Tag us in your so­cial me­dia. Hired a chef you think will be the fu­ture? Let the world know.

The fluid na­ture of the in­dus­try means from year to year peo­ple can have restau­rants shut­ting and open­ing, peo­ple com­ing and go­ing. For many, suc­cess this year was sim­ply main­tain­ing what they had. For some, suc­cess was jet­ti­son­ing what wasn’t work­ing and begin­ning afresh. There’s no doubt it’s been a tough year for many and so those who moved for­ward will have found them­selves mov­ing up the list.

To do that they had to take a risk. Are you will­ing to do the same?

This month we got our first look onto the re­cently opened Blue­wa­ters Is­land, which is set to be Dubai's next must-visit des­ti­na­tion. The Lon­don Project is go­ing to be among the first con­cepts to open and while there's no doubt that once it's fully open and the Dubai Eye wheel is in op­er­a­tion it will be an in­cred­i­ble place, there's al­ways a risk in open­ing first in an area that doesn't have much else to draw the crowds in yet. For­tu­nately the team be­hind The Lon­don Project seem to be do­ing ev­ery­thing right in terms of bring­ing in a first rate team and cu­rat­ing a venue that of­fers a lot of value that can't be found else­where.

Si­mon Ritchie, Edi­tor

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