After a break of several weeks, here’s the next part of our Who is Who at the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers series!
This time, we would like you to meet Thomas Gagliardi, the man behind our culinary offerings in The Cavendish Restaurant, Healey’s Bar & Terrace, The Authors’ Lounge and anywhere else in the hotel where you see food being served.
Born into an American Italian family, Chef Thomas’ passion for cuisine began early on through his family’s weekly rituals of gathering around massive amounts of food to “bond.”
On any given Sunday morning at this stage in his culinary development, Chef Thomas could be found at his grandmother’s feet in silent awe as she prepared these mini smorgasbords alone and with delight.
Finding this as the root cause of his attachment to a hazardous and unforgiving career, he came to the conclusion to dedicate his lifetime towards sharing his own way of food with all those he possibly can in search of recreating these familiar moments with his grandmother.
His culinary journey has seen him through just about every part of the USA and now, literally, on to the other side of the globe where he has come to call Dubai “home.”
He’s spent time over the stoves in practically every style of kitchen thus far, from trendy restaurants and local country clubs to the world’s leading luxury hotels, resorts, and casinos, including Marriott and Renaissance Hotels, Bellagio, Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, and Westin to name a few…
Chef Thomas has a drive to share his opinions, both personal and professional, in hopes to contribute his own piece towards an infinite future of great food, great restaurants and great hotels for the world to enjoy. Maybe one day he’ll even find that feeling again, which he only found on those Sunday mornings, dumbfounded in his grandmother’s kitchen.
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