Our Team

The entire folly team is passionate about ensuring that guests have the best possible time – food, drink, views and all.

Nick Alvis

Nick began his career cooking in several UK country house hotels before moving into the world of London’s Michelin starred restaurants. In 2008 he relocated to Paris for an 18-month tenure and then on to the Middle East where he has lived since 2010.

In 2011 he went into partnership with Scott Price launching their own Dubai-based F&B consultancy and has since opened multiple homegrown restaurants across the city. Their debut concept, table 9 by Nick & Scott opened the same year, with folly by Nick & Scott being the most recent addition to their portfolio.

Over the last decade he has won a string of awards and accolades, including The Worlds 50 Best Discovery – a list internationally recognised as crediting the globes most reputable restaurants.

Alvis now solely manages his consultancy and continues to push boundaries within the local culinary sphere and remains committed to developing local talent and developing new, creative concepts to elevate Dubai’s position as one of the world’s best cities for gastronomy.

Mario Scanniello

General Manager

With 18 years of experience in hospitality and deep understanding of service and operations, Mario has previously headed up Scarpetta Mercato, an Italian fine dining concept imported from New York, and prior to that headed up popular Italian restaurant Il Faro, part of Nakheel Hospitality. Mario held several positions at a range of luxury hotel brands including The Westin, Jumeirah and Grand Melia.

Hamouda Torman

Head Chef

With a culinary career spanning 14 years, Torman Hamouda started out as Chef De Partie, before joining Gates Hospitality as Junior Sous Chef at Oman’s Six Senses Zighy Bay. In 2017 he joined the folly team as Sous Chef where he trained alongside Nick & Scott for 3 years before he was promoted into his first head chef role at Verve Bar & Brasserie in 2018. He then re-joined the folly team in 2021.

Alexander Wolańczyk

Bar Manager

Starting off as a bartender in Belgium then moving on to Poland, Alexander comes with a wealth of experience across various bars around the world including 11 restaurants under the MSHG group in Krakow, and the Raffles Hotel in Warsaw. Just before joining the folly team, Alexander was heading the Jubilee rooftop bar which was located in the heart of Expo 2020 Dubai.


Unit 27, Souk Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai, UAE

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