Meet Gabriele Kurz – Talise Wellness Executive Chef
Her role has expanded over the years, and in 2011, Chef Gabi became responsible of ensuring that Madinat Jumeirah offers healthy dining alternatives to its guests. She is involved in menu development for restaurants and corporate events in the resort and is responsible for the entire menu at Talise Spa. Her cooking and educational classes, nutritional advisory, as well as her diabetic and obesity consultation are popular with Dubai residents and in-house guests alike.
Chef Gabi received her Masters’ 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 Gabi managed a vegetarian fine dining restaurant and cookery school at the family hotel, situated in the mountains of Bavaria, Germany.
What made you choose to become a chef?
“I did not actively choose it, the job chose me. My mother runs a small hotel, cooking school and restaurant, purely vegetarian and promoting a healthy lifestyle. I stepped into the family business after finishing my master degree in hotel business, but the kitchen attracted me. It was the connection between health, wellbeing and our daily intake of food which fascinated me and I found that healthy food was definitely underrepresented in the restaurant world.”
What do you like most about being a chef?
“I love the creativity and the good smells in the kitchen, when good food is prepared. Besides that I enjoy writing cookbooks”