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Ms. Kurz

Gabriele Kurz

Executive Wellbeing Chef Talise Wellness, Jumeirah Group

As a vegetarian herself, Chef Gabriele (Gabi) Kurz joined Madinat Jumeirah in 2007, when she took on the role of Chef de Cuisine and developed the concept for a fine-dining restaurant specialising in wellbeing. Over the years, her role has expanded and in 2011, she has been promoted to 'Resort Wellbeing Chef' of Madinat Jumeirah where she is developing a 'wellbeing' cuisine that is both wholesome and nutritionally well-balanced, using only organic and plant-based ingredients to the resort's restaurants. Chef Kurz is involved in menu development for all the signature restaurants in the resorts including in-room dining and Conference & Incentives events, as well as being responsible for the entire menu at Talise Spa. Her cooking classes are popular with Dubai residents and in-house guests alike. Chef Kurz received her Master Hotelier from Steigenberger College of Hotel Management, in her home country of Germany, where she also took an apprenticeship at the Park Hilton Hotel in Munich. Following her apprenticeship, Chef Kurz managed a vegetarian fine dining restaurant and cookery school at the family hotel, situated in the mountains of Bavaria, Germany. Chef Kurz conducts Educational and Nutritional Advisory classes and holds a certificate for Diabetic and Obesity Consultation; she is also the author of several celebrated vegetarian cookbooks, one of which was recently honoured with the 'World Cookbook Award' in Paris, 2011.

Ms. Kurz can be contacted at +971 4 366 6730 or gabriele.kurz@jumeirah.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.