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Antoine Doumet
Director of Food and Beverage, Royal Golf Club Bahrain

How have you adapted your management style from hospitality food and beverage (F&B) operations to a sporting facility like the Royal Golf Club?
Transitioning from hospitality F&B operations to a sporting facility required adapting my management style while maintaining core principles. While the focus remains on exceptional customer service and unique culinary experiences, the key shift lies in understanding the specific needs and dynamics of a sporting environment.
At the Royal Golf Club, I have tailored my approach to cater to the preferences of golf enthusiasts, ensuring that our offerings enhance their overall experience. Emphasising personalised services for our members and guests and innovative dining options have been instrumental in creating a seamless transition.

Can you share a specific achievement or award that you are particularly proud of in your career?
I’m proud to share that the Royal Golf Club hosted the DP World Tour (Bahrain Championship) this February. The event was held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and was significant as it marked the DP World Tour’s return to the Kingdom for the first time since 2011. Additionally, hosting the 7th BNP Paribas Bahrain Jazz Fest at the Royal Golf Club was a memorable moment. It was an honour for the club to be the chosen venue for this beloved international music festival and a proud addition to the national events calendar of the Kingdom. The attendance of thousands of people made it a truly special and rewarding experience for us.

What advice would you give to someone new to Bahrain who wants to explore its culinary scene?
As a newcomer to Bahrain eager to explore its culinary scene, my advice would be to embrace the diverse flavours and cultural influences that make up the local cuisine. Start by sampling traditional Bahraini dishes. Be sure to also indulge in the tantalising array of Middle Eastern and international cuisine available throughout the country. Explore local markets and food festivals to discover hidden gems and engage with the vibrant food culture. Above all, be openminded, adventurous and willing to try new flavours and experiences to fully immerse yourself in Bahrain’s rich culinary landscape.