Appointed Corporate Culinary Director
At Jumeirah Group in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Jumeirah Group has appointed Chef Christian Gradnitzer as the Corporate Culinary
Director of the recently launched Restaurants and Bars division (RnB). In this role,
Christian is responsible for the future development of the culinary offering and
innovation of the global luxury brand’s food and beverage portfolio.
Christian’s career started in his native Austria and nearby Switzerland which prepared
him for subsequent roles in London as Junior Sous Chef at The Dorchester Hotel and
later Chef de Partie for Cunard Cruise Lines.
In 2000 Chef Gradnitzer joined Jumeirah Group and the team of Burj Al Arab as Sous
Chef. He soon became the Chef de Cuisine and progressed to Executive Sous Chef of
the world’s most luxurious hotel where he supervised the operations of 175 chefs and
In 2006 Chef Gradnitzer became Executive Chef for Jumeirah Essex House in New York
before returning to Dubai to serve as Executive Chef at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. He
was appointed to Madinat Jumeirah in 2009 to operate the resort’s culinary and
stewarding operation. This led to his promotion as Resort Executive Chef of Madinat
Jumeirah where he managed outside catering requests, the Conference and Incentive
culinary team and Jumeirah restaurants housed in Al Qasr, Mina A’ Salam and the Souk
at Madinat Jumeirah .
As Corporate Culinary Director, Chef Gradnitzer will be part of the core team responsible
for driving the RnB division forward. The aim is to create and operate highly desirable
restaurants and bars in order to maximise revenues and establish the Jumeirah Group
internationally as a leading operator of successful food and beverage venues.