ATELIER M CHEF & CEO
A MASTER CHEF? OR AN ARTIST!
Mohammad Islam became interested in the culinary world through a passion for food.
Islam is a late-in-life career changer, leaving computer engineering for fine-dining after a
long soul searching fishing trip in Montana but through his passion, hard work and determination, he has a background that most chefs would only dream of achieving.
Islam developed his career in the kitchens of numerous prestigious restaurants, which
include positions in award-winning restaurants such as “The Dining Room” at
The Ritz Carlton in Chicago – where he worked closely with Sarah Stegner helping
her win the 1998 James Beard Best Chef award.
Islam was also the Executive Chef at the famed “Mercer Kitchen” in New York City, working extensively as part of the executive team with world-renowned four-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Islam also held an executive position at Jean-Georges’ flagship restaurant, Jean Georges, where in 2002, Islam assisted Jean-Georges open the restaurant “Market” in Paris and “66” in Shanghai.
THE FAMED CHATEAU MARMONT HOTEL (Los Angeles, California)
In 2003, Islam was appointed as the Executive Chef and F&B Director for Andre Balazs’ “Chateau Marmont Hotel” in West Hollywood where he brought the illustrious venue to culinary life as it had never been experienced before. As the Standard Hotel Group F&B Director, Islam supervised 11 restaurants and bars across Standard Hollywood, Standard Downtown LA and Raleigh Miami Hotel. At the Standard Downtown LA, Islam shaped its rooftop nightclub bar which resulted in it being voted as the best in Los Angeles and he restructured and managed the famous “Bar Marmont” to renewed
profitability and success.
AIGRE DOUX (Chicago, Illinois)
In January 2007, Islam returned to his Chicago culinary roots fully armed to make his mark in the dynamic culinary town by opening the contemporary American restaurant – “Aigre Doux.” He achieved the award for Best Chef and The Best Restaurant by Chicago magazine in his very first year.
THE CAPITAL CLUB (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
In 2009, Islam realised that his real talent was not only in the kitchen but in creating, managing and sustaining profitable food and beverage outlets and accordingly was appointed as the F&B Head for the Enshaa Group,tasked with managing 8 restaurants in Dubai and Bahrain under the prestigious private business club, the Capital Club.
PALAZZO VERSACE LUXURY HOTEL (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Islam also structured the food and beverage offerings of other Enshaa properties including the Palazzo Versace in Gold Coast Australia and Dubai. Islam is currently developing 5 restaurants and 2 night clubs on behalf of the Enshaa Group at Palazzo Versace in Dubai.
From Chef To Entreprenuer
Creating, Managing & Sustaining Profitable F&B Outlets
Islam was directly responsible for the rapid turnaround and success of the restaurants within the Capital Club and Palazzo Versace by using his unique talents combining his creative passion for food and cuisine with the corporate understanding of what makes a profitable and desirable F&B outlet. Through Islam’s wealth of experience – working in some of the finest restaurants in the world together with his perspective of a true entrepreneur, passion, charisma and business acumen, Islam has developed a proven process that ultimately results in the knowledge and know- how of how to run and manage successful, profitable and sustainable F&B venues. Islam lends his wealth of experience and dynamic personal talent, for working with people as well as with numbers, to every food outlet that he manages, leading ultimately to an increase of sales growth and improved profitability and cash flow.
Islam believes in using the best local, organic and seasonal produce and offers a personal commitment to quality and culinary creativity. LA Times compared Islam’s cooking to Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse, a Berkeley California restaurant famous for its organic, locally-grown ingredients and for pioneering Californian cuisine. Food and Wine Magazine voted Islam as the Best New Chef in America. StarChef.com called Islam as a “Rising Star” in 2003 and later in 2007 as the “Modern Master of Spice.”
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Currently, Islam is creating and leading his latest culinary vision which is set on 20,000 sq ft of prime real estate which will be the biggest F&B that Emaar has ever supported and carried out in its projects. It is a retro, elegant, glamorous fine dining restaurant, lounge and open rooftop located in Pier 7 over 3 floors with exceptional views overlooking the Dubai Marina. Islam is fully responsible for the setting up, design, construction, fit out, concept, execution, running and management of this restaurant which is aptly named after him as “Atelier M” `it is his first showcase restaurant in the Middle East and it will encompass all that embodies Islam and his vision of French contemporary cuisine set against the background of elegant retro interiors. It is scheduled to open October 2013.