BRITISH/AUSTRALIAN EXECUTIVE CHEF, RÜYA RESTAURANTS LAST YEAR – 2
No chef has reached higher heights in the UAE this year than Colin Clague, literally. His link up with Bentley to open a pop-up restaurant atop the country’s tallest mountain, Jebel Jais, was certainly interesting, but bringing homegrown concept Rüya to London’s Mayfair and making it an instant success was the pinnacle of his year.
He told us that it was already proving popular with “every royal family in the Middle East” attending it over the summer for a taste of the recognisable Dubai brand and its Turkish cuisine.
A third Rüya is due to open soon and give Clague a further headache when it comes to splitting his time between three restaurants in different countries.