Chef Alan van Heerden
Alan van Heerden, the newly appointed Chef de Cuisine onboard Bateaux Dubai, originally from South Africa, joined the unique sightseeing gourmet vessel in July 2012. With a wealth of experience in culinary positions across Europe, Africa and the GCC, Alan joined the award-winning vessel with promises of unique dishes prepared with the freshest of ingredients.
Alan started his career in the UK and developed from there to work in hotels across Europe and South Africa including the renowned Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. Alan joined Bateaux Dubai from a Nutritional Food Company in Saudi Arabia where he trained staff and managed operations. Alan enjoys working in the fast passed environment of F&B and credits his career development to working with great chefs from across the world.
Alan’s talents can be measured through examples of his previous clientele. First Lady Michelle Obama, the King and Queen of the Netherlands, Oprah Winfrey, David Beckham and George Clooney are only some of Alan’s previous guests. Alan was also involved in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2010 Miss South Africa Beauty Pageant.
Alan proudly supervises a team of nine Chefs onboard Bateaux Dubai and takes inspiration from the varied mix of different backgrounds and cultures. Alan describes himself as ‘self-motivated, hard-working and always in search of new challenges’. His passion lies within cooking yet he excels in the operational management as well, ensuring a well-run kitchen.
Alan, when not in the kitchen, enjoys spending time with his family and ensures a well-balanced lifestyle through regularly running, surfing and golfing. He enjoys doing the cooking at home but, like a true South African, can’t see past a good old fashioned BBQ!
Bateaux Dubai is the luxurious vessel that cruises Dubai Creek offering an alternative sightseeing experience. Setting sail every evening, the chef and his team onboard prepare freshly made, gourmet cuisine in the specially designed kitchen and serve up a 4-course masterpiece as guests take in the sights either side of the famous waterway. Bateaux Dubai also sails daily for High Tea, where the 45 minute cruise offers delicious creations including warm scones with homemade jam and a choice of delectable pastries.