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Margarita Vaamonde-Beggs

Head Chef, MasterChef – The TV Experience Restaurant

Margarita is the Head Chef and culinary fulcrum of the soon-to-launch MasterChef – The TV Experience Restaurant in Dubai, the latest addition to The First Group’s expanding F&B portfolio and Dubai’s most hotly-anticipated restaurant opening of 2019.

At MasterChef – The TV Experience Restaurant in Dubai, Margarita will be responsible for bringing the premium casual and ‘deformalised dining’ concept to life.

In addition to training the expansive kitchen team and selecting which MasterChef classics – created by global MasterChef champions – find their place in the final menu, Margarita is also the central creative force in the restaurant’s signature Mystery Box dish, where diners can select 5-7 ingredients from a revolving pool of 18 season ingredients – all cooked on-demand for guests on the night.

Venezuelan born Margarita’s impressive and globetrotting career spans 12 years across the Americas and the Middle East. A seasoned gastronomy practitioner, Margarita has worked across multiple hotels and restaurants, including the relaunch of the Four-Season Hotels and Resorts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the launch of Catch Dubai as Sous Chef, and an Executive Sous Chef role at Catch LA.

In 2018, Margarita returned to Dubai to work as Executive Sous Chef – alongside the legendary Masaharu Morimoto – for the launch of Morimoto at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel.

When not rustling up new creations in the kitchen or researching stories of home-cooked dishes from every corner of the world, Margarita prowls design sites to pursue her passion for tattoos as well as perfecting her drawing skills. She also has a sidekick in the form of her baby English bulldog (who isn’t allowed in the kitchen).

Margarita is an International Chef Graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.