Chef Walter Dee Joseph
Born and raised in Beaufort, in East Malaysia, Walter Dee, took his first steps towards his culinary career after graduating from high-school and starting his studies at Asian Tourism Institutions College, where he undertook a degree in Professional Culinary Art.
Walter started his first job as a cook in Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa in Malaysia, where he gained a strong foundation of knowledge in hospitality. His exceptional abilities led to his transfer to the Penang branch seven months later, where he worked as a chef for an additional two years, while obtaining a Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism from the Hospitality Engagement Learning Program in Malaysia.
Following his dream of becoming one of the best in the culinary field, Walter moved to the Middle East in 2008 where he worked in a semi fine dining restaurant in Atlantis The Palm, Dubai as Chef De Partie. During his time there, he assisted senior staff in daily operations and also supervised the coordination and flow of the kitchen. As a result of his resilience and hard work, he was nominated for the title of supervisor of the month.
He took a brief break from the Middle East for two years where he worked as a Sous Chef in a five star resort in One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives, giving him the chance to develop his skills as he successfully monitored the daily operations, provided support to fellow chefs and ensured effective operations for positive customer experience. He was nominated for the title of manager of the month.
Walter has attained numerous management and culinary skills, through his experience working in various restaurants, hotels and resorts. After his move back to UAE in 2013, Walter worked his step down the ranks, from his position as a Junior Sous chef at Hilton Dubai The Walk, and move to Burj Al Arab Dubai as a Sous Chef in Al Muntaha Restaurant to a Senior Sous Chef in a Great Britain Restaurant Dukes Hotel, Dubai. In these roles, he showcased his culinary, management and client relation skills, by managing kitchen operations, supervising culinary activities and ensuring quality of ingredients amongst many other responsibilities.
In January 2018, the talented Chef joined the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Abu Dhabi as a Specialty Outlet Chef in Turltle Bay Bar & Grill and with his vast experience and expertise; he showcased his professional and personal culinary skillset by producing an exclusive menu with exceptional quality of ingredients used in the kitchen. His main responsibility will be looking after the daily operations at Turtle Bay Bar & Grill and ensuring the effortless operation with highest quality of service.
Turltle Bay Bar & Grill, a stunning two-storey venue, is serving the finest grills from the land and sea, al fresco. In September, the open air rooftop lounge will open for the winter season, set to become the island’s hottest sunset spot, with live DJ sounds and exceptional views.