The Turkish born chef, who made his name in a range of top restaurants in Ireland, will be hosting an exclusive pop up from April 12th to 16th this Ramadan!
W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island is preparing for the arrival of Chef Ahmet Dede, the talented owner and head chef of Dede at The Customs House – a Michelin-starred Turkish restaurant based in Baltimore, West Cork, Ireland, as he has an exclusive collaboration at the hotel and Yas Island from April 12th to 16th. These days will see Chef Ahmet cooking up a range of his famed Turkish cuisine, as well as Chef Okky and his culinary team at Garage preparing the well renowned Iftar spread: offering a wide range of delicacies across the five hubs.
Chef Ahmet Dede, born and raised in Ankara, Turkey, was inspired by his mother’s food, which was the real catalyst for his love of cooking and Turkish cuisine. Moving to Ireland to study Culinary Arts at the age of 25, he cut his teeth in some of Ireland’s best restaurants. Dede started his career in Baltimore, West Cork where he worked at The Mew’s Originally in 2017. From there the journey skyrocketed and Ahmet had the opportunity to learn from remarkable and talented chefs where some even had Michelin Stars. In 2020, Ahmet dream came true and opened his own venture, Dede at The Customs House. Through his use of hyper-seasonal local produce, Chef Ahmet was awarded his first Michelin star in 2021 and was named the Best Chef in Ireland 2022 by both the Restaurant Association of Ireland and esteemed publications, each a true recognition of his immense talent.
In his cooking, Chef Ahmet explores local delicacies while also paying homage to his heritage by expertly fusing locally sourced ingredients with an array of spices from his homeland. Boasting a menu that is jam-packed with flavoursome creations, including Mushroom Cookie, Manti Lobster, BBQ Cod, Ottoman Style Rack of Lamb, Blood Orange and Cardamon Turkish Delight, and much more, discerning foodies will be spoiled for choice throughout the talented chef’s stay.
Chef Ahmet Dede commented recently on his impending arrival saying, “I am really looking forward to cooking for the people of Abu Dhabi at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island. This is such a proud moment for me and something I could only dream of when I was growing up in Ankara. I hope to create a truly breathtaking experience for diners and introduce them to some exceptional flavours that they have never tasted before.”
Luckily for diners, the venue will also match the majesty of the chef’s brilliance as W Abu Dhabi is located on the iconic Yas Island, one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations, perfectly situated on the golden shores of Abu Dhabi. Giving guests not only everything they could need to satisfy their cravings, but the stunning locale will also allow them to take in magnificent views at this vibrant destination as they indulge in the exquisitely compiled taste sensations.
Chef Ahmet Dede Collaboration
12th to 16th April 2023.
From sunset to 9:00pm.
Ahmed Dede set menu AED295 per person.
Garage, W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, +971 2 656 0000