What’s On has details of Pearls By Michael Caines at Jumeirah At Etihad Towers, a new restaurant in Abu Dhabi opening in September.

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Exciting news for the capital: One of the world’s best chefs is opening a restaurant in Abu Dhabi.

British cooking star Michael Caines will open Pearls By Michael Caines at Jumeirah At Etihad Towers in mid September. It’s the first restaurant outside of the UK for the chef who lost his right arm in a car crash 20 years ago.

Caines has visited the UAE several times to attend the Gourmet Abu Dhabi food festival and last year hinted that he was interested in opening a restaurant in the country.

Aged 46, Caines is one of the best chefs cooking in Britain today. He owns a restaurant at the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter and has been head chef at the two Michelin-starred restaurant in Gidleigh Park in Devon since 1994. It was named the best restaurant in Britain by the prestigious Harden’s restaurant guide two years in a row in 2011 and 2012.

He also runs The Coach House in Devon, The Townhouse in Shropshire, plus more casual restaurants in Chester, Exeter and Manchester. In 2006 he was awarded the MBE for services to cooking, and has appeared on British TV many times.


Now at the top of his profession, Caines’ journey has been remarkable. Born in 1969, Caines was adopted at four weeks old. He was a star pupil at catering college in England, which led to a stint under the tutelage of Raymond Blanc in England. Caines later moved to France to continue his training with Joel Robuchon and Bernard Loiseau.

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