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Posted On: 5 February 2018 10:12 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 10:29 am

The St. Regis Doha welcomes new Executive Chef

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The St. Regis Doha, the Finest Address in Qatar, has recently appointed Chef James Norman as their new Executive Chef to serve their award-winning restaurants and superior culinary teams.

James Norman’s impressive career spans over 23 years of professional culinary experience across Europe, Middle East and Asia having worked for the Sultan of Brunei at the Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei and for Guy Savoy in Paris.

Prior to his formal appointment at The St. Regis Doha, James was Executive Chef at Siam Kempinski Hotel, Bangkok as well as previously holding the prestigious title of Executive Chef at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, and Regional Executive Chef for Europe at the Grand Hotel Kempinski, Geneva.

Chef James also has under his belt an eclectic list of five star properties including the Mandarin Oriental in Geneva and Hong Kong, Burj Al Arab in Dubai and the Lanesborough Hotel and The Dorchester Hotel – both located in London.

In his role as Executive Chef at The St. Regis Doha, Chef James will oversee all culinary aspects of the hotel’s various gastronomic offerings which include: Astor Grill, The Club, Sarab Lounge, Al Sultan Brahim, Vine, Gordon Ramsay Mediterranean and Opal by Gordon Ramsay, the Raw Bar, Oyster Bay & Bar, Vintage Lounge and Hakkasan, as well as banquets and external catering.

Commenting on his new appointment, James Norman, Executive Chef at The St. Regis Doha said: “My aim is to maintain our high quality of customer service and create concepts that will continue to keep us ahead of the competition for the future. I enjoy creating memories rather than dishes, and this is the passion that I share with The St.Regis team.”

A UK national, who is also fluent in Spanish and French, Chef James shows considerable flair and creativity in his work, with an eye for detail and presentation, equally at home with traditional classical cooking and innovative contemporary style.

On this occasion, Mr. Tareq Derbas, Area General Manager of The St. Regis Doha commented saying: “We are very pleased to welcome Chef James in joining our distinguished team at The St. Regis Doha. We believe that his refined culinary experience and exquisite creations will certainly leave our guests happy and impressed.”

Since it opened its doors, The St. Regis Doha, its location, architectural design and most importantly, its Butler Service, have all added to its journey of excellence. The Hotel currently boasts twelve destination restaurants and lounges which reflect a proud heritage and long-standing culture of excellence.

For more information about The St. Regis Doha, or to make a reservation, please contact the hotel directly on telephone (974) 44460000, via email [email protected] or WhatsApp (974) 33870925 or online at