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Andrew Reynolds

Chef Juan

Chef De Cuisine
Andrew Reynolds

Chef Juan

Chef De Cuisine

Born in Guatemala, Chef Juan Bernardo Ancheita Canel's passion for food came from his mother who was a Pastry Chef. It was her signature milk cakes that first triggered his interest in South American flavours.

Chef Juan began his culinary career in 2003 at Mexico's Quinta Real Hotel. It was here that he met his mentor Hugo Hernandez. Under Hernandez's mentorship, Chef Juan honed his skills first as a Commis Chef before swiftly climbing the ranks in the kitchen. It was during this time that Chef Juan had the prestigious honour of cooking for Pope John Paul II in the Presidential House of Guatemala.

Chef Juan left Quinta Real in 2008 to join Unilever Central America, where he spent four years as Chef of Innovations, creating products for mass consumption. Following six years as an Executive Chef at Belca Guatemala, Chef Juan made the move to the Middle East in 2016, taking on the role of Chef de Cuisine at Oman's Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah.

Chef Juan believes in constantly developing his skills in the kitchen and challenging himself in the ever-changing culinary landscape. He has displayed his thirst for growth by participating in awards at both national and international culinary tournaments such as the Copa Culinaria De Las Americas (Costa Rica) and Galardon Chef De Jade.

Chef Juan says he cannot cook without music and now you'll find him dancing in the kitchens of W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island's multi-culinary hub, Garage.

Tomas Hawk

Chef Anne Gao

Steam Table
Tomas Hawk

Chef Anne Gao

Steam Table
An ever smiling Chef Anne, is best known for her dimsums that come with a side of her sweet voice greeting you. Having worked in luxury hotels in China like Intercontinental Hangzhou to those in the Middle East like Shangri-la Doha and JW Marriott Marquis City Centre, Doha Chef Anne understands what her guest's taste preferences are and has the skill to maintain authenticity in her dimsums while tailoring them to tantalize their taste buds. Through her career she has even catered for largescale events and is a great team leader and coach for others around. While dining at Garage, be sure to wave out to Chef Anne and dive into the delicacies from Steam Table that she has to offer!
Kareem Campbell

Chef Luis

Nikkei House
Kareem Campbell

Chef Luis

Nikkei House
Have you ever felt the urge to taste divine and exceptionally crafted South American food? Then head right over to Nikkei House and meet our renowned Peruvian Chef, Luis. Chef Luis will make your heart skip a beat with his deliciously crafted dishes with a hint of Japan and dash from Latin America. With over a decade of experience from Peru to Abu Dhabi, Chef Luis is always eager to take inspiration from various cuisines, but his heart will always belong to the Latin American kitchen. Nikkei House is inspired by Japanese and Latin American cuisine and this combination is a must try! Whenever you visit Garage, pop by Nikkei House and have a chat with him to know all about the wonders of Lima and how he combines the two kitchens to create this perfect fit. Most importantly, try out his Classic ceviche or sushi Tuna Tiradito - it is to die for!
Ronan Lopez

Chef Akram

Mezza Bar
Ronan Lopez

Chef Akram

Mezza Bar
Coming from Jordan and with years of experience of the Arabic cuisine, Chef Akram knows how to cook the best hummus of various kinds. Starting of as a trainee in Jordan, Akram quickly climbed up the career ladder working as a Commis Chef at Kempinski Hotel Ishtar - Dead Sea, moving to The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal as Chef de Partie and today he is a Sous Chef at Mezza Bar at W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island. With the expertise within the Arabic cuisine, Chef Akram gave his input and ideas to develop the menu at Mezza Bar - from delicious beetroot or sweet potato hummus accompanied with freshly baked bread to roasted chicken with fresh herbs influenced by Arabic cuisine, just thinking about it makes my stomach howl.  
Whenever you're popping by Garage, make sure you say hi to Chef Akram and maybe he will give you his best tips to make the ultimate hummus - who knows, you may be the lucky one!
Fred Valdez

Chef Shaik

Pastry Chef
Fred Valdez

Chef Shaik

Pastry Chef
Creamy, fruity or chocolaty? Everything is possible and our Pastry Chef Shaik at W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island will blow your mind with his sweet creations. Mahamood Shaik started off his career at Marriott Hyderabad, India as an Industrial Trainee. Ever since then, his career skyrocketed having worked at The Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa and Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. Shaik received a number of nominations and won several awards as Chef of the month through his career. Prior to joining W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island to continue with his sugary wizarding, Shaik worked as an Assistant Pastry Chef at the Bvlgari Resort & Residences Dubai. Anything from winter wonderland to miniature chocolate UFC fighters or DIY gingerbread houses and delicious cookies or cakes, Pastry Chef Shaik is your to go to man for it all. Don't be surprised if you ever pass by Roastery and see any creative designs, ask for a nibble - they're all edible!