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Patrick Leano – Mandarin Grill + Bar, HONG KONG

Chef de Cuisine at the legendary Mandarin Grill + Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Patrick Leano is continuing the great tradition of this Michelin star restaurant. Classically trained Leano worked under the tutelage of Anthony Demetre at Searcy’s at the Barbican, at Michelin starred...  Read More »

“I did it my way!”

It’s now been more than thirty years since I embarked upon my professional career, with the dream of introducing a greater range – and a different style – of Middle Eastern food to diners. As the son of Lebanese immigrants in Australia, I grew up in a household where things...  Read More »

Man Wah, Hong Kong

Hung Chi-Kwong brings almost a quarter of a century of culinary expertise to his role as Chef de Cuisine at Michelin-starred Man Wah in the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. Over the years this award-winning chef has worked in almost every position in the kitchen, honing his skills and developing his own unique...  Read More »

Alfredo Russo

From the Italian fine-dining restaurant Dolce Stil Novo in the magnificent 17th century Palace of Venaria in his hometown of Turin to the award-winning Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo in bustling Dubai, holder of Michelin-stars for almost a quarter of a century, Chef Alfredo Russo talks about his ongoing affair...  Read More »

Carme Ruscalleda – Moments, Barcelona

Not only is Carme Ruscalleda the only woman in the world to hold a total of seven Michelin stars but this culinary queen is self-taught; opening her first restaurant with husband Toni Balam, in the Catalan town of Sant Pol de Mar back in 1988 – a restaurant that has held three Michelin stars...  Read More »

Pierre – Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Seductive modern French cuisine, inimitable style, exquisitely presented With over five decades of experience, holder of more Michelin stars than you can shake a stick at, including three stars at his eponymous restaurant in Paris; two restaurants in the World’s Top 50, Pierre...  Read More »

Not Really Indian

Ruchika Vyas travels to Mumbai to see the latest addition to Michelin starred Chef Atul Kochhar’s burgeoning culinary empire NRI (Not Really Indian) The moment the door opens, you are greeted with a sign that says “Are you Indian or Inca?” written in black against a stark...  Read More »

Twist of Taste

Fine dining Indian restaurant Junoon fuses new-age techniques with old school recipes to create food that is authentically Indian and yet distinctly modern All over the world, you will find Indian restaurants in almost every nook and corner; much like your neighbourhood coffee...  Read More »

Firebirds are GO!

Egyptian born, Chef Michael Mina talks to Ruchika Vyas about the secret behind his burgeoning restaurant business and details of his recently-opened Firebird in Dubai Chef Michael Mina has always kept a low profile. He is not a television personality, nor has he done product endorsements...  Read More »

Enigma variations – Dubai

This revolutionary new restaurant at Palazzo Versace Dubai is game changing in a lot of ways. Not only is it novel in that it doesn’t have a resident chef, but rather, a roster of superstar chefs who host ‘pop-up’ restaurants in three-month cycles, but the dining experience is also never-seen-before...  Read More »