Melia Desert Palm welcomes chef Franco Canzano

Chef Franco Canzano took charge of the culinary profile of the Melia Desert Palm, member of the Melia collection. The new executive chef is originally from Argentina and has worked for five-star hotels and restaurants around the world, in destinations including Buenos Aires, Milan, Paris, Doha, Goa, Amman and now Dubai.

The chef is a specialist in Mediterranean and Italian cuisine and a grill expert, which makes him ideal to take over RARE, the resort’s oak-fired grill restaurant. As a second-generation chef, Chef Franco learned his craft from his father, starting at age 14, before moving on to more formal training. He considers watching his father for hours as the starting point of his career and thinks improvisation is often the best meal.

Taking over at the resort means Chef Franco will oversee all culinary operations, including private catering for large weddings held at the resort. “Dubai cuisine offers delicious flavors, and Arabic cuisine in particular blends such wonderful herbs and spices that they make fantastic dishes.” He talked about the food of the city.

Citing Argentine celebrity chef Francis Mallmann and Italian restaurateur and patron chef Massimo Bottura as inspirations, Chef Franco looks forward to creating dishes for guests at Melia Desert Palm, saying: delicious food. I have a great team with me here, and I’m excited to bring healthy flavors and fresh dishes to our regular customers and first-time visitors.