Shane Macneill is a multi-award-winning chef who has been working in high-end and Michelin star restaurants since 1997.

After completing a Diploma in Hospitality management at Worcester College of technology, London looked like the most logical choice.

The first high-end restaurant was with the NOBU Group and it seemed that Asian cuisine was where it was going to continue until today.

After leaving Park Lane and taking the first head chef position in the group at UBON by NOBU, the seeds had been sown, it was quite daunting but turned out to be a great experience. With the closure of the restaurant looming, the group moved the scope to NOBU Paris, ARMANI/NOBU in Milan followed by NOBU St. Moritz in the Badrutt’s Palace with a pre-season pop-up in the Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich, MATSUHISA Mykonos in the Belvedere Hotel and finally MATSUHISA Athens in the Four Seasons Astir Palace.

The eleven years with NOBU had been a giant learning curve working closely with Nobuyuki Matsuhisa himself on some of the openings.

In Milan GIORGIO ARMANI was at the restaurant several times per week which proved to be essential to the business due to his professionalism, strong work-ethic, and a genuinely caring attitude towards his staff members.

Mark Edwards, the NOBU group executive was a pure inspiration from the very beginning at NOBU Park Lane, he also organised twelve months with Jean Georges at VONG in Knightsbridge as part of a year out to learn different types of cuisine. “Mark is a knowledgeable professional and a master of his craft”.

In 2015, the Bulldozer group brought NOVIKOV restaurant to Dubai, it is dedicated to serving world-class food in a stylish environment. Shane has been appointed for the opening and has successfully set-up, hired and trained the kitchen team.

In 2018 Shane began work and opened NOVIKOV in Doha, Qatar. As well as cooking and training, he managed the kitchen design, tableware order, selected suppliers, assisted HR and chose the kitchen team. NOVIKOV Doha is the first NOVIKOV restaurant for the group operating without an alcohol license and all recipes had to be adjusted to the market, which was successfully completed.

Shane has also successfully completed the opening of SHANGHAI ME restaurant in Dubai, UAE in July 2019. He has developed the menu, hired, trained the kitchen staff and has finished in October of 2021.

In December 2021 Shane started the MAYABAY project in Jumeirah Al Naseem with Orange Hospitality under the founder Omar Saideh which opened in May of 2022.

He is married, has one child, and currently lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


• More than 20 Opening Operations as a Head Chef

• Kitchen Design

• Assistance with Contractors for Kitchen Planning & Design

• Menu Engineering

• Menu Pricing

• Food Cost Analysis

• Local and International Suppliers Selection

• Kitchen Staff Search & Selection

• Kitchen Staff Training

• Kitchen Manning

• Kitchen and Restaurant Staff Tasting

• Food & Hygiene Analysis, HACCP Certified

• VIP Private Functions and Events

• VIP In-Flight Catering with Training

• Consulting for Private Businesses