- Chef Diaz brings Michelin star experience to Cyprus’ first integrated resort
Melco Cyprus announces its forthcoming integrated resort (IR), City of Dreams Mediterranean, has appointed Mr. Jose Diaz as Executive Chef. With his extensive experience in the global culinary industry, Mr. Diaz will be at helm of the culinary operations of the luxury IR and contribute to Melco’s unparalleled savoir faire in world-class gastronomy. Mr. Diaz will oversee all kitchens offering international flavours and cuisines.
A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious culinary schools, Chef Diaz was named Young Chef of the Year in 2006 in Spain. He possesses more than 20 years’ experience in culinary operations across the US, Europe, Middle East, Asia and China.
Chef Diaz’s accolades also include years of experience in multi-Michelin star restaurants such as El Bulli, Alain Ducasse and most recently managing luxury food and beverage operations in world class luxury hotel groups such as Intercontinental Hotels, Marriot International, Conrad Hotels, St Regis Hotels and Capella Hotels & Resorts.
Mr. Jose Diaz, Executive Chef of City of Dreams Mediterranean, said: “It is an honor for me to become part of City of Dreams Mediterranean. The integrated resort is a project of high ambition – as a development that is set to transform Cyprus’ hospitality and tourism industries and introduce exceptional culinary offerings to the country. I look forward to taking on the challenge -- to create extraordinary, innovative and memorable dining experiences for our guests.”
Mr. Grant Johnson, Property General Manager of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos, said: “It is our pleasure to welcome Chef Diaz to City of Dreams Mediterranean. Chef Diaz’s appointment demonstrates Melco Cyprus’ commitment to culinary excellence – and our aim to offer guests the most exceptional and memorable experiences. Melco is dedicated to being the place where the best people choose to work and grow and continue to invite the industry’s finest talent to join our team.”
Committed to becoming one of the biggest employers in the island, Melco Cyprus offers numerous career opportunities. With its hiring philosophy being “hire on attitude, image and potential; and we train on skills,” the Company focuses on delivering world-class quality training for its colleagues, opening doors to the global entertainment industry, while also providing competitive remuneration and benefits packages. Currently, Melco employs more than 700 people, the vast majority of whom are Cypriot citizens. This number is expected to reach 2,500 in the upcoming months, while the construction phase of City of Dreams Mediterranean is estimated to create approximately 4,000 local job opportunities.