The Team

Name

Cecil Deby

Occupation

Restaurant Supervisor

Instagram

@ceciliandeby

What do people think you do?

People think i’m an unsettled traveling chef. Even when i’m on the floor, customers ask me if i’m a chef?

What do you actually do?

I’m a good-time maker, or at least i’m trying to be.

Who inspires you?

My parents and other philanthropes.

Favourite Season

Post-Summer / Pre-Autumn

Signature Drink

Negroni

Last book you read

The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

Polytechnician, even if I had no idea what it meant.

Whats something most people don’t know about you?

I can levitate a pea on my lips.

Whats your favourite music to cook to?

Funk / Ska / Rocksteady

Name

Chanel Gray

Occupation

Reservations & Events

Instagram

@chanel.33

What do people think you do?

Hang out in the office and talk on the phone.

What do you actually do

Manage reservations and events for Maha. Respond to all email and phone enquiries.

Who inspires you

My family and anyone who chases their dreams.

Favourite Season

Summer

Signature Drink

Pomegranate Sour

Last book you read

Harry Potter

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

So many things… chef, journalist, Michael Jackson’s back up dancer!

Whats something most people don’t know about you?

That I wanted to be Michael Jacksons back up dancer.

What’s your favourite music to cook to?

R’n’B

Name

Daniel Giraldo

Occupation

Head Chef

Instagram

@dgiraldo1

Twitter

@danielgiraldo1

What do people think you do?

Run the kitchen at Maha.

What do you actually do?

In charge of all the kitchen operations at Maha.

Who inspires you?

My parents

Favourite Season

Autumn

Signature Drink

Gin & Tonic

Last book you read

Benu by Corey Lee

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

Pilot

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I love kittens

What’s your favourite music to cook to?

R’n’B, Hip Hop, Reggaeton

Name

George Leung

Occupation

Bar Manager

Instagram

@leung.geo

Twitter

@geoleung

What do people think you do?

Manage the bar, create and make drinks for customers.

What do you actually do?

All of the above and more.

Who inspires you?

Bruce Lee “Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation”.

Favourite Season

Winter

Signature Drink

Fanta

Last book you read

The enrolment manual for my son Hayden’s Kindergarten.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

A FIREMAN (which boy didn’t want to be a fireman at one point in their lives?).

Whats something most people don’t know about you?

My Chinese name.

Whats your favourite music to cook to

Lana Del Ray

Name

Simon Lillico

Occupation

Sous Chef

Instagram

@lillicsimo

What do people think you do?

Cook food in a Middle Eastern restaurant.

What do you actually do?

Organise people, work long hours, keep Dan & Shane happy.

Who inspires you?

Sat Bains

Favourite Season

Spring

Signature Drink

Gin & soda with cucumber (has to be Hendricks).

Last book you read

Astrance: A cooks Book

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

Zoologist

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Could have been a marketing director of some sort after I finished university.

What’s your favourite music to cook to?

Rolling Stones Let it Bleed

Name

Ross Frame

Occupation

Sommelier

Twitter

@rossframe

What do people think you do?

Swan around, chat to people, pour the odd wine! Arrange wine tastings when I should be working!

What do you actually do?

Look after the wine for the restaurant. Forming the list, working out wine matches, ordering stock. Ensuring guests enjoy their experience.

Who inspires you?

My wife, for her support and encouragement.

Favourite Season

Spring

Signature Drink

I mostly drink beer when I’m not at work.

Last book you read

The Bat by Jo Nesbo

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

An Actor

Whats something most people dont know about you?

I once appeared on stage in front of 300 people in nothing but a fig leaf…

Whats your favourite music to cook to?

Love my 90’s rock/grunge