BIO: Executive Chef Maurizio Panicali

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts appointed Maurizio Panicali as Executive Chef for Rosewood Corniche, Jeddah’s premier hotel, in 2012. A Swiss national, Chef Panicali has more than 20 years of culinary experience and will oversee the entire gastronomic direction for all the Rosewood Corniche restaurants, including Ginza I Chome, Noodles, Habsburg and Soleil, while managing the hotel’s in-room dining and catering options.

Having worked in some of the most celebrated hotels and restaurants throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East and New Zealand, Chef Panicali joins Rosewood Corniche from his role as Executive Sous Chef at the hotel’s sister property Al Faisaliah, A Rosewood Hotel and Hotel Al Khozama, A Rosewood Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His key achievements in Riyadh included the introduction of the new Ramadan concept at the Prince Sultan Grand Hall while organizing a grand wedding dinner for 4,500 guests and his instrumental role in the successful opening of a new Italian restaurant.

Since beginning his culinary career in Switzerland, Chef Panicali has demonstrated his flair in the finest luxury resorts and hotels, including a year at the Movenpick Hotel El Quseir in Egypt, where he pioneered theme evenings such as Bedouin weddings in the desert and Om Ahmed’s seafood dinner by the beach which increased F&B revenues by 15 per cent.

A truly international chef, Panicali has worked in Sardinia, taught budding chefs Italian cuisine in Turkey and learnt Spanish in Argentina. Panicali’s finesse has gained him many accolades internationally including a silver medal for the Regional Salon Culinaire in Auckland and a bronze for the best Commis Rotisseur in Switzerland.