Dubai – Gourmet Gulf Company, the region’s leading restaurant holding group that owns and manages concept brands, today announced the appointment of Antonio Bautista as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company. As President and COO, Mr. Bautista will be responsible for shaping and developing the company’s growth, profitability and operational efficiency. With over a decade of experience in the food and beverage industry, Mr. Bautista will play and integral role in elevating the execution of day-to-day operations to the highest level.
Mr. Sami Daud, Managing Director and CEO of Gourmet Gulf Company, said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce Mr. Antonio Bautista’s appointment as President and COO of Gourmet Gulf Company. Antonio brings with him a wealth of experience from one of the world’s most globally recognized restaurant brands. With his keen global insights and international strategic development expertise in global dining concepts, he will undoubtedly raise the bar at Gourmet Gulf Company.”
Antonio Bautista’s experience will be crucial for Gourmet Gulf Company as it plans to invest over USD 50 million to open over 100 new outlets in the GCC over the next 4 years. Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Bautista said: “I look forward to working with Gourmet Gulf Company during this exciting phase in the company’s expansion plans. Our primary objectives are aimed at leveraging the business model to new heights by continuing to focus on superior quality food and memorable dining experiences for our customers. We will continue to invest in top quality personnel for all key positions within the organization, ensuring that our human resources are aligned with our accelerated growth plan.”
In his previous position as Director of Business Development and Operations for Hard Rock Caf&eactute; Europe, Middle East and India, Mr. Bautista played a key role in the development of the organization through successful market openings in Ireland, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Middle East, India and Spain. He worked with Hard Rock Caf&eactute; for 13 years holding various positions within the company including General Manager in Spain and Director of Marketing and Entertainment in Europe.
Gourmet Gulf Company has a portfolio that boasts some of the fastest growing international dining concepts in the region such as Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Morelli’s Gelato, Pizzeria Cucina and Yo!Sushi.
About Gourmet Gulf Company
Gourmet Gulf Company is a regional restaurant holding group that owns and manages concept brands bearing the hallmark values of superior quality food and memorable dining experiences. The company currently manages Yo! Sushi, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Morelli’s Gelato and Pizzeria Cucina – a Naples-style pizzeria concept inspired by a famous UK chef – which is our first home-grown franchise.
Gourmet Gulf Company is dedicated to establishing premium, best-in-class casual dining restaurant brands and cutting edge concepts from across the globe to regional markets. The team comprises highly qualified, senior operators and is designed to cater for massive growth and simultaneous operations across the region and beyond.
About YO! SUSHI
YO! Sushi is the conveyor belt sushi concept. Founded by Simon Woodroffe, the Fast, Fun and Fresh YO! Sushi experience offers diners the choice of 150+ freshly-made dishes in an exciting healthy-eating alternative. Locations: Dubai – Burjuman Centre, DIFC, Internet City, Dubai Festival City; Kuwait – Marina Mall.
About Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Gourmet Burger Kitchen, having won the ‘Best Burger’ in London award consecutively for the last two years, is the leader in themed burger concepts, offering diners ‘towering’ burgers of the highest quality. Locations: Dubai – DIFC, Uptown Mirdif, Dubai Festival City; Kuwait – Marina Mall, Avenue Mall.
About Morelli’s Gelato
With a history in producing traditional, artisan Italian ice-cream dating back to 1907, Morelli’s Gelato, offers the pinnacle in fresh, daily-made on the premises, luxury gelato – the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of ice-creams in the market. Locations: Kuwait – Marina Mall; Abu Dhabi – Al Wahda Mall.
About Pizzeria Cucina
Pizzeria Cucina is Gourmet Gulf’s first, solely-owned pizza franchise making classic Italian pizzas in purpose-built, imported stone ovens. Set up on the foundation of freshness of produce and product, Pizzeria Cucina is the region’s only authentic, Naples-style pizzeria. Locations: Kuwait – Marina Mall.