Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk has appointed Russell Impiazzi as its executive chef, given the mission of establishing “a new hub of restaurants and bars in the city,” according to the hotel.
The British chef joins the hotel to lead all of its F&B offerings, which include Brasserie Boulud, Taiko Dubai, The Nine Gastropub, Bijou Patisserie and Soleil Pool & Lounge.
Impiazzi has worked in food and beverage for more than 25 years. In fact, 20 years ago he worked with Wafi Hospitality to open the restaurants at the Pyramids complex, as well as working at Atlantis in the Bahamas, London Clubs International and Hilton London Metropole as executive chef.
Throughout his career, he has been in the spotlight both in Dubai and internationally for a range of charitable campaigns, including The Pink Brigade drive in the UAE to raise awareness around breast cancer. During his time in London, he also provided more than 27,000 meals to those living in poverty.
Commenting on Impiazzi’s appointment, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk’s director of operations, Joe Nassoura, said, “Russell is extremely passionate and knowledgeable, and we are delighted to have him join the Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk family and guide the culinary team to further success. He is a culinary expert with a simple vision; to inspire and connect great people through great food, and is set to create a sustainable dining culture within the exquisite luxury offerings of the Obelisk.”
Impiazzi added: “It feels great to back. What an incredible property to be part of. I’ve been lucky enough to have been part of the Wafi history after opening the original Pyramids restaurants and bars, now 20 years later, to lead the culinary team here at The Obelisk feels like being at home. Dubai’s restaurant and bar scene is on a tremendous journey and quite rightly being recognised as having some of the leading venues globally.
“The aim of restaurants and bars here at Sofitel The Obelisk is to absolutely fit into this leading set. We have an incredible abundance of great produce in the UAE that I’m keen to introduce, not only to our great young team of chefs, but also to our international and locally-based guests, and to continue to showcase what delicious, local, and regional produce we have to offer in the UAE.“