Ajay Rana

Executive Sous Chef

"Chefs are like a budding artist who needs a perfect blend of colours and emotions to complete a picture"

Born and raised in Delhi, Chef Ajay studied hotel management and specialised in modern Indian fusion cuisine. After working for the Sheraton group and Michelin-starred restaurants in London and Denmark, he joined EKFC in 2014.

Chef Ajay believes that desire, patience, imagination and loving what you do are the best tools for finding the perfect balance of taste, texture and flavour.

Benoit Cart

Executive Sous Chef

“I’ve travelled all over the world and I love bringing international influences into the food I prepare.”

Chef Benoit has over 20 years experience and is passionate about international cuisine. Two years travelling the world with the French navy introduced Asian, Polynesian and African culinary influences into his work.

Chef Benoit trained in a Michelin-starred restaurant in France and worked in many 5-star hotels across Europe and the Middle East, including the Grand Hyatt, Atlantis before joining EKFC.

Kai Boeddinghaus

Executive Chef Emirates First & Business Class Lounge

“The product is the ‘star’.”

German-born Chef Kai is a recognised Michelin-starred Master Chef with over 19 years experience. He describes his cuisine as modern Mediterranean with Asian influences.

This multi award-winning culinary professional trained under Michelin-starred chefs in Germany and Europe. He joined EKFC after stints as a private chef and a culinary consultant, overseeing the Emirates First and Business Class Lounges in Dubai International Concourse A. He has also appeared in Masterchef programmes in Ireland and Australia.

Marco Shahin

Executive Chef

“My motto is to keep trying and never give up. This applies to my cooking as well as my snowboarding!

Chef Marco has been with EKFC since 2013. He was born in Cologne and raised in northern Bavaria, famous for its Christmas confectionaries. After training in a small family business, he moved to the Hyatt Hotel chain.

Chef Marco loves Italian cuisine, even though he is German. He advises aspiring chefs that the only way forward is to remain persistent.

Patrick Beudot

Chef Baker

“I’ve been in the dough as long as I can remember!”

Chef Patrick’s family owned an artisan bakery shop in Lyon. He learned his trade from his father, then travelled and worked around the world.

He is a passionate baker seeking to pass on his knowledge and skills to future generations so that there’ll always be a fresh loaf of bread to share with friends and family. As poet Pablo Neruda wrote, there is nothing better in life than this.

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