Edwin Gomes, Head Chef at “The Urban Kitchen” UAE having a challenging experience for over 13years in 5* Hotels in India as well as in Dubai, UAE and Celebrity Cruises of Royal Caribbean Cruise Liners.

Today you are Head Chef. Where did all began/ what drove you to become a chef?

Inspired by my father a Chef himself. Passion and love for cooking from a very young age witnessing my Chef granddad cooking at home with fresh ingredients from his own house farm. Having a challenging experience for over 13years in 5* Hotels in India as well as in Dubai, UAE and Celebrity Cruises of Royal Caribbean Cruise Liners. Specialized in Garde Manger with a fine knowledge in Continental Cuisine, Mediterranean Cuisine and Indian Cuisine, Asian, Spanish and Mexican Cuisine. Hot Section, A la’Carte as well as Buffet Preparations (over 15000 get together) and Banqueting. Good Inter-personal, oral communication skills, fluent in English. Conducting Training and On the Job Skills. Hospitality, Integrity, Team Work & Leadership are my essentials. Maintaining Standard & Quality with par to Food Cost. HACCP AND USPH Procedures have been of great importance.

Which cooking school did you visit?

Meridian School of Hotel Management. Diploma in Practical cookery from City & Guilds.

After a long as a chef with stations in different international restaurants; how would you describe your culinary line today?

Tapas is my speciality. Being a Garde Manger Chef made my basics more strong to do Hot & Cold Fusion. ”Don’t cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients”

As Head Chef of the Urban Kitchen today, what are the specialities you serve?

The Urban Kitchen is more about the American Mediterranean Fusion cuisine… Incorporating authentic flavours.

The United Arabic Emirates have a wide range of different international restaurants, with lots of competition. Does it create higher pressure on the chefs to be even more innovative?

Its not the pressure but the passion that keeps the chefs moving and pushing for new innovative culinary skills that creats another beautiful dish.

Is there a place in the world where you would like to take a chef job in the future?

Yes I would like to set myself where Food is yet to be discovered.. means the authenticity and use of fresh ingredients .. not just the tweezers and squeezes makes a chef but a spoon and a fork too play a great role..

Thank you Edwin.