Six Senses Zighy Bay is plating up a taste of celebrity with the appoint of Executive Chef, James Knight-Pacheco. Bringing a wealth of industry experience, Chef Knight-Pacheco returns to the resort to head all food and beverage offerings through the resort’s outstanding dining venue’s kitchens.
Having previously worked with renowned Michelin starred chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Raymond Blanc, Phil Howard, Esben Holmboe Bang, Chef Knight-Pacheco will be bringing unique skills and cooking techniques from the industry’s most esteemed names.
His last post was with Emaar Hospitality Group, making an instant impact, James was the Executive Chef for both the Dubai Marina Yacht Club, as well as Vida Downtown Dubai, contributing to the property’s evolving gastronomic offering and ensuring diners came back to sample a wide-ranging plethora of dishes from different cuisines, he also won Chef of the Year 2017.
A former TV celebrity, Chef Knight-Pacheco starred in his own show on BBC prime time show ‘Out of the Frying Pan’ and was involved in ‘The Restaurant’ and conducted numerous public appearances at high-profile industry events. An energetic and unique live demonstrator, James has presented to audiences ranging in size from 3,000 people in various BBC Good Food Shows, as well as for intimate high-profile VIP dinner events.
He has also worked in leading hotels and restaurants in the UK, and the Middle East. Previously he worked as the Chef de Cuisine at Sense on the Edge in Zighy Bay, which won the ‘Best Restaurant Middle East 2012.’ Prior to this he was Head Chef at one of London’s most prestigious restaurants, as well as Demonstrator and Chef Tutor at Ashburton Cookery School in Devon, UK.
With over 15 years of industry experience, his culinary character is inventive, progressive and intelligent. He combines customer desire with personal flare to surprise and satisfy the diner through inimitable style and experiences and is bringing all of that to Six Senses Zighy Bay.