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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.