NOVEMBER 7, 2022 - Yas Plaza Hotels continues to rev up its world-class services as it brings renowned kitchen master, Chef Christoph Schaper to Belgian Café Yas Island. With decades of international and local kitchen experience, Chef Christoph Schaper will lead and oversee Belgian Café's future development including its offers, menu, and services.
Chef Christoph Schaper started his culinary gig in 1987 as an Apprentice Chef at the Hotel InterContinental Hannover in Germany where he had the opportunity to partake in different kitchen operations. Chef Christoph underwent trainings not only in pastry, bakery, and butchery but also in sales, marketing, and other hospitality expertise to ensure he stood out from the crowd. During this stint, he bagged awards at the Commis Rotisseur Contest of the Chain des Rôtisseurs. Schaper was later promoted as Commis Saucier with nominations for Fast Track Management Scheme 2000.
He then moved to the United Kingdom to expand his horizon in creating flavorful dishes as the Junior Sous Chef at The Forum InterContinental Hotel in London in 1993 and came back to Germany in 1995 as the Executive Chef of Hotel Wintersmühle in Bielefeld.
With his extensive skills honed over time, he was recruited as Chef de Cuisine in Hotel InterContinental Doha for two years then transferred as an Outlet Chef in Hotel InterContinental Abu Dhabi from 2014 to 2017. His name also rose to fame among food critics and frequented several magazines as an industry expert.
From 2017 to 2021, he worked as Chef de Cuisine at Belgian Café and garnered recognition on What’s On Awards for two years as Winner for Favourite Pub Grub. He was then involved as the Chef de Cuisine of Raclette Brasserie and Cafe Mamsha Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi which centered their hub on European dishes. The restaurant, under Chef Christoph’s supervision, won Newcomer of the Year and Highly Commended Favourite European Restaurant on What’s On Awards 2022.
Aside from his experience as a culinary expert, Chef Christoph also worked as a Software Developer and Designer from 1991 to 1993 and 2004 to 2008 in Germany which enhanced his skills outside the corners of the kitchens.
With over 30 years of experience driven by both traditional and innovative cuisine, he is now back to be at the helm once again of Belgian Café Yas Island revamping its menu with new exciting dishes. In the list of flavourful bites are the new appetizers including Canadian Poutine, Currywurst, and Limo Platter. Customers can also try the fresh additions to the starter's menu like the Marinated Quinoa with smoked salmon, mixed green leaves, tomato, and tuna salad. Mouthwatering seafood dishes such as Mussels Thai Curry and Tagliatelle pasta, tomato sauce, and mussels are also a must-try. Chef Christoph has also added Cajun Beef Burger, Lamb Chops, Roasted Corn-fed Baby chicken, Slow cooked duck breast, and New York style Hot Dog to satisfy the savory palates of restaurant-goers; and desserts like the Belgian Waffle, Cheesecake with Berry Compote, and Apple Tarte to indulge in.
Belgian Café is now exciting guests more than ever with their fun and exciting theme nights being put on, such as the bingo nights every Thursday this October being hosted by quiz master Sonya Mac.