Mansour Memarian has been appointed executive chef at Palazzo Versace Dubai.
Memarian, an Iranian chef with German origins who has 21 years industry experience, has had stints at some of the world’s best restaurants, and he has held executive positions at many luxury brands including the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, as well as the award-winning Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland.
Before this, he was the chef de cuisine at the Burj Al Arab’s signature restaurant, Al Mahara.
Before arriving in the United Arab Emirates in 2010, Memarian, the first Iranian Michelin starred chef, rose steadily up the ranks working in some of the most prestigious hotels and dining establishments in Europe.
He earned his first Michelin star in 2006, at Jagdhof Glashütte in Germany, in just eight months as head chef.
After this successful story, Memarian moved to Innsbruck, Austria, to open Pavillon restaurant and shortly he added the second Michelin star to his culinary career.
Chef Memarian brings extensive experience and a wealth of talent to Palazzo Versace Dubai, where he will oversee the five-star hotel’s culinary operations including its six restaurants and two bars, as well as the catering services.
In his role as executive chef, Memarian will head all dining operations, leading the culinary team in enhancing Palazzo Versace Dubai’s reputation for world-class, curated dining.
Commenting on the appointment, Sandra Tikal, general manager of Palazzo Versace Dubai, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mansour Memarian as Executive Chef. Not only does he bring extensive knowledge, but he also brings his signature creativity which will serve to further improve our culinary offerings.
“Known for his ability to bring out the best in his teams, chef Mansour is highly regarded and will be an invaluable addition to Palazzo Versace Dubai.”