Ready to spice-up the culinary scene in Egypt from the heart of the Nile at The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo is their newly appointed Executive Chef, Anoob Ashraf.
Born in November 1983 in Cochin - Southern India, during his childhood Anoob was always interested to watch and help his father in the kitchen; he was his partner. He says “My initial memories of food are from my father when he cooked with my mother. He prepared our meals with love and passion. His attention to detail was meticulous; every step, every ingredient, every spice, and the part of the meat he chose…Even the choice of pot was carefully thought of.”
Anoob discovered very early on that he wanted to share his dad’s passion for cooking with the world. He joined the culinary institute at the age of 12 and started his first job with the Le Méridien hotels in 2001 at the age of 18. Three years later, he spread his wings and started his travels on a mission to explore more about food.
From Malaysia, to The Oberoi Group of hotels in India, Anoob gathered his experience from all around and moved to the Middle-East for a new challenge. He joined the Rosewood Hotels in Jeddah where he worked with award-winning French, Australian and Moroccan Chefs. With his eagerness to learn more about the Arabic and European Cuisine he was soon promoted to Junior Sous Chef in 2010.
In 2011, Anoob’s story with The Ritz Carlton Hotels started in Doha, Qatar as Assistant Chef de Cuisine and with continued determination and experience, he moved up the ladder until he reached the position of Executive Chef and F&B in-charge at Al Bustan Palace; a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Oman where he managed 6 outlets, in-room dining, stewarding, an extensive indoor and outdoor banqueting facilities and led a kitchen brigade of 79 chefs, 25 stewards and 90 F&B team members.
Being a man on a mission, Anoob won in 2018 the Continent Finalist MILUX Category, ACE Rising Star Award, was nominated to be the EMEA MILUX Culinary Advisory Board among many other achievements. He also supported as a taskforce in St.Regis Maldives, Ritz-Carlton Doha and worked with 3-Star Michelin Chef Sven in Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg in Germany.
With such professional expertise, passion, determination and experience in dealing with different cultures; it is crystal clear how Anoob will drive and lead the culinary team of The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo to further elevate the dining scene in Cairo.