The summer heat is well and truly upon us, just as we approach Ramadan, a month for holy contemplation, self-control, fasting and elegant feasts. This month we meet three Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno and find a little more about his restaurant at One&Only the Palm, Dubai, Clarissa Hyman shares some of her favourite recipes for that most luxurious of summer treats the strawberry, Sudeshna Ghosh meets the warm people of Cuba as she explores beyond Havana and Caroline Eden discover the rich culinary treasures of Samarkand, the Turquoise City and as if this wasn’t enough we visited the warm crystal waters of the Indian Ocean of Rangali Island in the Maldives. For those of your looking for something healthy and tasty to eat we have a selection of mouth-watering recipes for the humble prawn, a little something to help ease your body into beach season with some delicious vegetarian plates and we explore the myriad of tasty Ramadan fare available after dusk. We were also honoured to talk to designer-extraordinaire and Director of Design at Rocco Forte Hotels, Olga Polizzi, three Michelin Starred Chef Pierre Gagnaire shares his thoughts in his debut column for Food and Travel and celebrated three Michelin starred Elena Arzak tells us what makes her tick. Finally don’t forget to see who has made the nominations shortlist for the 2016/7 Food and Travel Awards and have your say as to who makes it to the final – because every vote counts.
Anisa Al Hawaj