Antonios Souss, the new Executive Chef at voco Doha West Bay Suites, talks about his culinary journey.
Your career spans more than two decades, how did it all begin?
My first job was at a pizza restaurant in my hometown when I was 14 years old. I began working after school as a teenager. It was a personal decision that I made, to start supporting myself and help my parents. I will never forget the moment I tried to give my mother my first salary and she said: “You have earned this money through your hard work, so it is yours.” I have never forgotten how I felt when she said that and I carry those words with me even today.
You’ve worked in luxury hotels in Lebanon and India, including working as a private chef for royalty in Saudi Arabia, what was that experience like for you?
It was a great experience for sure – living in different cultures and with different traditions. Meeting various people, learning their way of life and their mentality helped me gain a lot of experience. I have a thirst for knowledge, so it was incredible to learn about different types of cuisines that helped in improving my culinary skills. In fact, being a chef, you are constantly learning something new.
You’ve been creating new menus at voco Doha West Bay Suites, what can guests expect in the new lineup?
At voco, guests can expect a warm welcome and a very comfortable stay. With regard to the menus, they will experience a lot of exciting offers. The dishes give a comfort food vibe, just like home-cooked meals, making them memorable. We cater to all kinds of palates: Italian, Asian, Indian, European and many more.
What are your favourite dishes on the menu and do you have a signature dish?
As a chef, every dish is a signature dish! The kitchen is a big, wide, open door for creativity and as I create numerous types of cuisine, my favourite dishes are the ones where diners can feel my passion and the love that I put into cooking. I highly recommend you all to come and try the experience, and we’ll do our best to make it a memorable and unforgettable one. See you all at voco Doha West Bay Suites!✤