This is the time of year when it’s OK let your hair down; whether you are celebrating the festive season, national day or partying the night away on New Year’s Eve – we have something for everyone in this special Festive Issue from a veritable bumper pack of Michelin-starred chefs, luxurious recipes to amaze your friends and the hottest new eateries around the region. We start this month with a look at the latest seasonal travel news, before Rosemary Barron tells us how clementines add the perfect citrus kick to desserts and savoury dishes and we caught up with world renowned chef Nobu at his new outpost in Paris. Michelin-starred maestros abound in this month’s issue; Atul Kochhar tells us about his new menu at Rang Mahal in Dubai, Brian Lieberman reviews Nathan Outlaw’s latest dining sensation in Dubai, a visit to Monaco finds Marcel Ravin telling us about New Year’s cuisine, Belgian’s favourite son, Frank Fol talks about vegetables (its interesting honestly!) and three Michelin-starred Carme Ruscalleda joins our ranks as our newest columnist. In keeping with our seasonal theme Sudeshna Ghosh takes us on a curated tour of Edinburgh, discover some great twists to those festive recipes and what end of year issue would be complete without a bevvy of chocolate treats designed to bring festive cheer to any home. Four Seasons EMEA President of Operations, Simon Casson gives us a glimpse behind the scenes at the famed hotel group, we look at the Anatolian dining sensation to in Dubai, when Sudeshna visited Ruya and we are pleased as Punch (every pun intended) to read Kevin Pilley’s foray into cranberry bogging and Saudi based chef Russell Clamp gives a little trip down memory lane.
Anisa Al Hawaj