Abu Dhabi, 28 October 2020 – Emirates Palace, the five-star luxury hotel is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Kooij as the new Director of Food and Beverage at the palace.

With over 12 years of experience in the Food & Beverage scene, Tom brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to spearhead the Food and Beverage Department. Prior to joining Emirates Palace, Tom was the Food and Beverage Manager at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. In 2016, he was first appointed as Assistant Food & Beverage Manager – Projects the same year, which further drove his passion for Food & Beverage concepts and projects. He was also part of Mandarin Oriental’s first generation POPCO (Parallel Operating Committee) from 2017 to 2019.

In 2014, Tom was assigned in various outlets and departments Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London as an F&B Management Trainee and has led the pre-opening of The Rosebery Afternoon Tea Lounge & Champagne Bar.

Tom has worked in multiple countries including France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Hongkong which led him to be more involved in projects and allowed him to provide strategic leadership and execution for the hotel’s food and beverage concepts. With his expertise, Tom will uphold the highest standard at the department to provide guests with utmost culinary experiences.