Former Ottolenghi Executive Chef Calvin Von Niebel is the Head Chef at Arkaba, leading a team of experienced professionals to provide the best dining experience during your stay at Arkaba.
South African-born Calvin was previously the Executive Chef and Group Development Chef for the Ottolenghi group, the much-loved dining destination in Britain.
Calvin was classically trained in British gastropubs and restaurants prior to joining the Ottolenghi group. Under the mentorship of Yotam Ottolenghi and team, Calvin’s style of cooking has found a unique voice that combines his South African heritage with his experience of living and cooking in Asia.
Hailing from Durban originally – which has a strong Indian influence – Calvin gained an early appreciation of heat and spices in food. Calvin credits both of his grandmothers for their influence in his cooking – his English granny for her recipes, preserves and jams, and her South African grandmother for her love of spicy food and curries.
A combined culinary career that is well received leading the menu curation at Arkaba.