With Ramadan and Eid al Fitr behind us we look towards the Summer months; where to go, where to stay and what to eat. Francesca Jackson tells us about the golden beaches, azure waters and balmy days of the Maldives; Sudeshna Ghosh takes us on a tour around Melbourne; we enjoy the beauty of Georgia as Louise Quick explores its capital Tbilisi; and Joe Worthington delves deep in the mountains of the Omani interior to explore the caves and tunnels of the Sultanate. Our newest contributors Pachaca del Amo travelled to Kyoto to meet with top female Sushi master Chisaki Iba; and Todd Pitock guides us through culinary delights of Grand Cayman; Nigel Mendham, head chef of GBR at Dukes Hotel, tells us about his love affair with traditional food; Jesper Jensen visits three Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck at his newest venture Attimi at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport; Michelin maestro Greg Malouf talks gourmet Middle East cuisine and shares the ethos behind his new Dubai restaurant Zahira; and Michelin-starred chef Patrick Leano of Hong Kong’s famed Mandarin Grill joins Food and Travel with his debut column. For those of you who are keen to get down to some serious food we take a look at the world of Artisan Coffee; enjoy some serious alfresco dining; try some cool dishes just right for the hot summer and if that wasn’t enough we pay homage to indulgent world of chocolate with Maya Chocolaterie. And finally, don’t miss your chance to see who has made the shortlists for the 2018 Food and Travel Awards.
Anisa Al Hawaj