W Abu Dhabi has appointed chef Deivid Paiva, who previously served as the hotel’s executive chef, as their new director of culinary. Paiva’s new appointment marks a significant addition to the W Abu Dhabi culinary team, as the hotel aims to redefine its culinary offering.

With over 17 years of experience in the culinary industry, Paiva – who hails from Algarve, Portugal – has worked across the world, in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Notably, he was part of the team that hosted Queen Elizabeth II at a Gala Dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant Chapter One in Ireland. Paiva has also left his mark on prestigious hotels such as the Hilton Hotel Abu Dhabi, Etihad Towers in Jumeirah Dubai, The Ritz-Carlton in TianJin, and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Doha, BeiJing, Dubai, and Bangkok, where he introduced unique menu concepts and signature dishes, leaving a mark at each hotel.

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in his new role, Paiva will be responsible for a variety of culinary endeavours at the hotel including overseeing diverse culinary concepts across each outlet, conducting continuous research to foster innovative ideas, and sourcing the highest quality ingredients to craft exceptional menus. Additionally, he will spearhead unique initiatives aimed at enhancing the gastronomic experience for guests while ensuring alignment with both the hotel and guests’ core values. Paiva will also work to introduce sustainable and ethical practices and provide leadership and guidance to the culinary staff within each outlet, ensuring seamless kitchen operations and the creation of dishes that surpass expectations.

Since joining W Abu Dhabi in 2022, Paiva has made a significant impact across all of the hotel’s dining outlets – Garage, W Lounge, WET Deck, Amici, and Angar. He has also introduced noteworthy initiatives under his leadership, including innovative waste reduction strategies, exemplified by the ‘Looped In’ event in January 2023 and the introduction of a food waste management platform in his kitchens called Winnow.

Commenting on his recent appointment, Paiva said: “I want to make W AbuDhabi the ultimate luxury destination for culinary experiences that ignite curiosity and expand guests’ horizons, in line with the W Hotels brand. I aspire for guests to eagerly anticipate dining at the hotel and to bring joy through the art of food. My passion and heart are my guiding forces and I look forward to leaving a lasting impression on every individual who dines at W Abu Dhabi.”