MEET THE TEAM

ANNA ZHELEZNYAK

Restaurant General Manager, Food and Beverage, Butcha Steakhouse & Grill

Anna Zheleznyak is the General Manager of Butcha Steakhouse and Grill restaurant, and leads a dedicated team of 60 employees across itsoutletsat City Walk and The Beach. In this role, she steers the restaurant’s strategic vision and direction and offers her team crucial insights in leveraging a hands-on approach to ensure the smooth functioning of the values-led business.

With over 10years in the hospitality industry, over six of which have been in senior leadership roles in hospitality companies in the USA, Ukraine and the UAE, Ukrainian-born Annabegan her hospitality journey with a degree in Hospitality Management fromCCL, Miami in the United States. She joined the Supper Club Steakhouse for Carnival Cruise Lines(CCL), a position that helped build her repertoire in all aspects of steakhouse and fine dining with emphasis on Americanand French gourmet.

Upon completion of a sommelier course at Napa Valley in California, Anna assumed a managerial role at CCL’s Supper Club Miracle, New York, the elegant fine dining steakhouse and restaurant with a bustling bar lounge and cigar lounge.

As a next step in her career path, Anna joined SKM Holding Group’s five-star luxury property in Donetsk, Ukraine – Donbass Palace and Opera Hotel, featured in the Leading Hotels of the World listing, as restaurant manager for the Lobby Lounge, French Brasserie and all-day diner, La Terrace. Here, she learned the fine art of guest relations as well as the business and financial aspects of the hospitality business.

Anna began her Dubai sojourn at the luxurious Jumeirah Beach Hotel as Manager of a German Restaurant and Latin American Steakhouse. In this role, she spearheaded a multicultural team for the hotel’s in-house restaurants.

With a passion for continuous learning and excellence, Anna later took on the role of Operations Manager of 11 independent food and beverage outlets at the largest department store in the UAE – FDS Galleries Lafayette, managed by Emaar at The Dubai Mall. In her role, she controlled and successfully managed the profit and loss (PnL) expenses in both retail and a la carte service.

João Filipe Martins Garcia

Head Chef

João Filipe Martins Garcia is the Head Chef at Butcha Steakhouse and Grill, where he leads a team of 26 chefs across the restaurants’ outlets at Citywalk and The Beach Mall, and updates the menu biannually. Revolving around steaks and other meat-based dishes with a Turkish twist, his recipes rely on a diverse range of techniques, many of which use butter, an ingredient that he believes keeps meat tender and juicy.

João is also responsible for the restaurant’s central butchery, providing additional value to the brand as a beef-specialist with an excellent understanding of in-house food production.

Chef João began his culinary career in Portugal, inspired by his Mediterranean family and their love of fresh produce. His culinary repertoire has flourished over a 10-year period. After studying Mediterranean cuisine at The Culinary Institute of America and undergoing training at the Alain Ducasse School, he worked at Lisbon’s Hotel Real Palácio as Chef de Partie and Junior Sous Chef.He continued to rise through the ranks at eatery Eleven, leading it to being honoured with a Michelin star in 2012.

Today, he is decorated with one Michelin star, making him one of the most celebrated chefs in his cohort.

Following a stint at CS Vintage Lisbon Hotel, where he graduated as Head Chef, Chef João relocated to the UAE to helm the kitchen at GQ Bar at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. Thereafter, he joined La Cantinedu Faubourg as Head Chef to steer one of the city’s most successful restaurant launches; the fine-dining venue won “Best New Restaurant in Dubai” in 2015 under his tutelage. After conceptualizing and developing the French menu at the Emirates Towers outlet, he helped open the restaurant’s second outpost in Ibiza.

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