Bahrain Confidential chatted with the region’s premier golf and leisure destination’s executive chef about what makes them stand out.
Executive Chef Paul Gindra, who hails from Durban South Africa has been working at the Royal Golf Club for three years now. Paul has a vast experience by being in the hospitality industry for 17 years. His award-winning career spans several continents including Nigeria, Ethiopia, Namibia, South Africa and Ireland. He was formerly overseeing the openings of hotels in different countries, focusing on the successful launch of their restaurants.
Having been trained in the Southampton City College for three years in the UK, Paul has gained formal knowledge regarding the art and science of culinary preparation. He has also won numerous notable awards during his career including being the national winner of 2008 MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge, and winning gold, silver and bronze medals in the 2008 Culinary Olympics in Germany.
However, this success wasn’t handed to Paul in a silver platter. He started from a humble beginning of being a dishwasher and then a waiter at the De Vere Hotels in UK. His eureka moment happened when he saw the food they’re serving in comparison to the simplistic recipes in Durban. “It was a saffron potato and truffle terrine and it was an art of itself”. After that, he begged the general manager every day for a few months to train him. He believes that passion is a must along with long hours of working hard even if it meant having no social life.
In order to give back, Paul molds and excels people’s culinary portfolios essentially developing them. “Something special can be done”, he said. He wants to give opportunities for them to excel in international standards which in return, gives him a great sense of achievement
Whether you’re looking for a traditional roast or just an ice cold signature blend of cappuccinos, the Royal Golf Club has a dining experience just for you. The Links Restaurant stands out and is successful as it is accessible to everyone. It is still the best international restaurant for three years running. Paul has taken over as Director of Food & Beverage alongside being an Executive Chef. Word of mouth has expanded his portfolio making him the front of house.
In other news, The Royal Golf Club delights everyone with the Jazzy A la carte brunch alongside a whole accolade of experiences. Diners can enjoy a fabulous array of tasty dishes prepared by 8 chefs, delivered freshly cooked to their table. Guests will be more relaxed while adoring a spectacular golf course view and a live performance of contemporary and jazz blues from Ahmed Al Qasim. ν
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