Gael Cruchet Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha
In his role, Chef Gael will be at the helm of the hotel’s dining, catering and culinary creations, as well as elevating the already acclaimed culinary offerings. A native of Lille, North of France, Chef Cruchet graduated from The Cooking School of Cannes with a culinary degree. He went on to gain experience, working in several Michelin Star restaurants such as Le Chantecler in Nice, and Le Manoir De Paris restaurant.
Prior to his role at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, Chef Cruchet served the leading hospitality company in many successes and openings around the globe, including his previous assignments for The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow in Ireland and The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in Washington D.C. – where he received the ultimate recognition of “Maître Cuisiner de France" (Master Chef of France) in 2007. Les Maîtres Cuisiniers de France is a group comprised of the most elite and well known chefs worldwide who strive to preserve and spread the French culinary art, encourage training in cuisine, and assist in professional development.
Moreno Gianfranco Miotto - Chef de Cuisine at Porcini Restaurant
Chef Miotto brings a wealth of experience in preparing authentic Italian cuisine and will be responsible for the daily culinary operations of the restaurant, including developing new menus and creating high profile culinary events, as well re-imagining the Italian story at Porcini restaurant.
With a legacy of three restaurants under his ownership, Chef Moreno Miotto bring passion, creativity and luxury Italian dinning to Doha. Born in Veneto in Italy, Chef Miotto relocated to Vancouver, Canada with his family at the age of six, where he began to discover the culinary world of restaurants at a young age. In 1986, he cross-trained at Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi in Beverly Hills, California, where his passion for cooking became his profession.
Prior joining The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, Chef Miotto led the culinary team at Casteglion del Bosco from 2006 to 2012, where he was appointed as executive chef at Castiglion del Bosco, an ultra-lux private resort owned by fashion titan Massimo Ferragamo. He then joined the post-renovation team at the Century Plaza Hotel in Vancouver.
William Khala – Chef de Cuisine at La Mer Restaurant
Chef Khala brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to La Mer and will be responsible for the daily culinary operations of the restaurant, including developing new menus and creating high profile culinary events, in the process elevating La Mer’s high quality standards to new heights.
Prior to his role at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, Chef Khala has served at leading hospitality companies around the globe and was awarded first place at the Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs Competition in 2005 and 2006, a cooking competition for young chefs under the age of 27 held by the prestigious international gastronomy association Chaine des Rotisseurs. He has also worked with a number of Michelin star restaurants, including Pierre Gagnaire in Paris, Arzak in Spain, Mugaritz in Spain, and Alinea in Chicago, that helped him hone his knowledge and skill considerably. Chef Khala returned to Toronto in 2010 and joined the Ritz-Carlton company as a Garde Manger Sous Chef.
Chef Feras Rafik Hawa - Chef de Cuisine at Admirals and Flamingos
Chef Feras love for cuisine began at an early age. His mother inspired him to find his calling in a culinary career that would take him across the globe. He always dreamt of becoming a pilot but his desire shifted to food which he loves along the way. He set forth on an international culinary adventure to perfect his skills and follow his passion of cooking.
He joined several hotels in Syria and in Cairo but later he realized that he must put up a different approach. By then, he rented a small shop in Cairo and made a name for himself. Due to the nature of his business, he got acquainted to some of the well-known chefs in Egypt and encouraged himself to join prestigious hotels. In his quest for culinary perfection, he embarked to another vision that took him to The Ritz-Carlton, Doha.
Years and efforts have passed and the well-awaited recognition came. Being a guest chef in Singapore, Jakarta and Bahrain was a fruitful experience because it exposed him to many different aspects and insights of food. He loves his work and he enjoys doing it and that’s all that matters to him.
He is currently managing the kitchen in Flamingos and Admiral’s Club – a place where we embrace a dynamic balance between the finest food and beverages.
Chef Anoob Ashraf – Chef de Cuisine at Lagoon Restaurant
During his childhood Anoob was interested to help his father in kitchen especially on Sundays while cooking with his father for whom he inherited the passion form cooking. This weekly gathering inspired him to join the culinary institute in India.
He started his first job in Le Meridian hotels when he was 18 years old. After 3 years of apprenticeship in Le Meridian, he was set to travel and explore different cuisines,. Malaysia was his first stop where he worked in an Indian and Thai restaurant. As his passion for Indian cuisine was stronger than ever, it took him back to India where he joined The Oberoi Group of Hotels. During this period he worked in different hotels of this property, learning with the most renowned chefs about the new way of mixing spices. Two years later, he joined Rosewood hotels in Jeddah where he acquires expertise in Arabic cuisine. In 2011, he got the privilege to join The Ritz-Carlton, Doha as assist Chef de Cuisine and only after two years he got the title as the Chef de Cuisine of The Lagoon restaurant with a team of 11 chefs, they embrace the culinary journey of our most valued guests in 4 different outlets.
Yusuke Aoki, Pastry Chef at La Dolce Vita
Chef Aoki started his career at the French pastry boutique hotel in Japan where he acquired skills and techniques of French-style pastry. His expertise ranges from French pastries, wedding cakes, banquet and restaurant desserts, chocolate pralines, showpieces and sugar decorations.
Prior joining the Ritz-Carlton team in Doha Chef Aoki moved to Paris, France with Patisseries and Gourmandizes by Stephane Glacier M.O.F - Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France as International Pastry Chef which honed his skills with French new trends and well-defined styles in pastry.
Chef Diogo Vital Porto - Garde Manger
A native of Portugal, Chef Diogo have been with the company over 7 years working in various locations such as the Ritz-Carlton in Vienna, Austria, Powerscourt Hotel in Ireland, Penha Longa Resort in Portugal, The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg and Abama Resort and Spa in Tenerife.
Highlights include working for Chef Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Ireland, Aqua, a 3 Michelin star restaurant by Sven Elverfeld at Wolfsburg, Germany and at Martin Berasatgui, a 2 Michelin star restaurant at Tenerife.