Emirates Group subsidiary Dubai National Air Transpart Association (dnata) has appointed Stephen Templeton as its global culinary head for international catering division.

The company has created this new position as part of expansion of its catering leadership team increasing its more than 9,000 catering employees.

Templeton will oversee the company’s food presentations, hospitality, kitchen design and product development operations.

dnata catering division chief commercial officer David Loft said: “We pride ourselves on our culinary capability across the globe and our ability to deliver authentic cuisine for our customers and their customers.

“Stephen’s experience is second-to-none and his unwavering focus on perfection will undoubtedly flow through to the product our customers receive.

“As we rapidly grow our North America network over the coming 12 months, Stephen will be invaluable in delivering excellence to our current and future customers.”

Prior to dnata, Templeton served as the culinary director of UK-based hospitality group Rhubarb Food Design.

He also worked in various executive roles in resorts and hotels such as Mount Nelson Hotel, Sun City Resort and Casino, Spier Wine Estate and Resort in South Africa, Harrods of London and The Great Eastern Hotel in the UK.

Templeton said: “Having spent the past month getting to know the business, I’ve been hugely impressed with the diversity and authenticity across our kitchens and our ability to innovate.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of working alongside our experienced chefs to take our product and that of our customers to the next level.”

dnata currently operates 63 catering facilities in 12 countries across the world and offers more than 320,000 meals every day.

Stephen Templeton brings over 30 years of hospitality and culinary experience to dnata. Credit: dnata.