Jean-Georges Vonderichten Comes To Dubai


Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vonderichten has just opened two new restaurants in Dubai. Opening night was a star-studded, invite-only affair with 500 VIP guests on the list. Among those who toasted Vonderichten’s new restaurants in Dubai were actress Nargis Fakhir and actor David Hasselhoff. Both restaurants are at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, and anyone who’s anyone will soon be dining at them.

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The Four Seasons Dubai welcomes Jean-Georges Vonderichten’s JG Kitchen and JG Dining.

Photo Credit: Fourseasons.comWhile the two restaurants are distinctly two separate spaces, an outdoor terrace connects them, flooding both spaces with natural outdoor light and “creating a sense of relaxed sophistication,” according to a description on Four Seasons Dubai’s website.

JG Dining Room offers the ultimate dining experience with a wide selection of dishes designed by Jean-Georges Vonderichten himself. The centerpiece of the space is a sparkling array of chandeliers made from hand-blown glass. The design makes the most of the natural light from the terrace by reflecting it around to create a charming, sophisticated dining experience.

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Diners at JG Dining Room can choose from Vonderichten’s signature menu while enjoying a fabulous atmosphere.

Photo Credit: jean-georges.comJG Kitchen is the perfect lunch spot, offering a quick bite and an a la carte menu in a trendy but casual café-like atmosphere. The selection of dishes at this restaurant is inspired by Vonderichten himself and influenced by international cuisines.

World-renown interior designer Gwenael Nicolas designed the space using woods, white shells, and stone. The open kitchen gives diners a full view of their meals being prepared, while a flowing white fabric chandelier designed by Japanese artist Reiko Sudoh provides lighting and a unique flair to the restaurant’s dining room. Diners can also enjoy the terrace from a luxurious lounge that runs along a stunning curved glass wall.

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JG Kitchen offers an a la carte menu in a chic café-style atmosphere.

Photo Credit: jean-georges.comAccording to an article in The National, chefs from Vonderichten’s New York restaurants worked closely with the chefs for his two Dubai restaurants for the opening night’s reception. They prepared 17 appetizers and four desserts.

The triple-Michelin-starred chef told The National, “These are bites of what’s to come. We want to give people enough to entice them to come back. This is the best from Jean-Georges in New York.”

Vonderichten has more than 30 restaurants located in the world’s biggest and trendiest cities, including JG Tokyo in Japan, New York’s The Mercer Kitchen, The Mark, ABC Kitchen, and Jean-Georges, and On the Rocks, which is located in St. Barths. The Dubai locations came about through a strategic alliance between hospitality group GFD Group and the Four Seasons Resort Dubai. One of GFD Group’s initiatives is to bring multiple Michelin-starred chefs to the United Arab Emirates.