Face to Face with...
Tom Arnell - Bull&Roo
From Melbourne, Australia, Tom Arnel is a clear testament to the fact that with hard work, dedication, and a little creativity, you can achieve anything you set your mind to at any age, anywhere. Tom was the first apprentice chef taken on by Shannon Bennett for his modern French restaurant, Vue de Monde in Melbourne, winning the title of Australia’s best restaurant three years in a row and globally ranked as number 73.
In 2008 at age 22, Tom’s ambition and intent was clear, he wanted to be on top. Tom moved to Singapore where he was head chef of a modern French restaurant, before moving to San Sebastian, Spain to work at Arzak, the 3 Michelin star, 7th best restaurant in the world. Tom’s next move was to Muscat, Oman, where once again he worked for Shannon Bennett, opening his first overseas venture and signature restaurant,Vue by Shannon Bennett in Al Bustan Palace.
It was during this time Tom was offered one of the only few paid positions in the kitchen of world number 1 restaurant at the time, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck. With bigger aspirations of his own, Tom made the difficult decision to remain in the GCC due to the overwhelming business opportunities in the region.
With this in early 2010, Tom moved to Abu Dhabi as the Executive Chef for an Australian based fine food retailer and restaurant. It was during this role after much research and consideration he decided to branch out on his own and open Tom&Serg, his first Dubai café in November 2013. The focus of the café is on serving good, honest, casual food with great coffee in a relaxed space. The outlet has filled a gap within the F&B scene in the city and appeals to both the local community and international visitors alike.
6 restaurants later, the world is now his oyster.
We are Bull&Roo – founded in Dubai in 2013 – a socially responsible, home-grown hospitality
company. We lead-the-way with creative F&B concepts and
beautiful food and drink, inspiring our community through initiatives that get people talking.
We are a passionate, hands-on team born from a love of wholesome food and fresh produce, the
longing to come up with innovative and original food concepts, and the yearning to create a
society in which JOY is an added extra to our lives in the UAE.
What gets us up in the morning? Aside from creating moreish, photo-worthy fare that keeps our guests coming back for more, our collaborative team is passionate about crafting unique food
concepts inspired by the architectural spaces in which they’re housed.
The result? Hip urban cafes, bars with a twist of nostalgia, and once-off restaurants with make-you smile
service that you won’t find anywhere else.