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The man with a plan

British celebrity chef Tom Aikens is continuing to make carefully calculated inroads into the Middle Eastern market with the recent opening of a Tom’s Kitchen Deli in Dubai. Sudeshna Ghosh quizzes him on the new restaurant, and his plans for the region. It’s been two decades since Tom Aikens shot to fame as the youngest...  Read More »

Il numero uno

He’s crazy about modern art and is inspired by jazz music. He quotes Kandinsky and Picasso and isn’t afraid to give his dishes bizarre names. We interview Italian chef Massimo Bottura, whose restaurant, Osteria Francescana, was elected to “the world’s best”. Food and Travel Arabia met him in his Italian home...  Read More »

English classics

Sudeshna Ghosh catches up with Todd English to chat about his back-story, the impact of heightened airport security on food (yes, really!), and, well… Mozart. I’ve interviewed many chefs in my time, and through them all, I’ve never had one quoting Da Vinci and referencing...  Read More »

Zorawar Kalri

Entrepreneur, culinary maestro, restaurateur extraordinaire, Masterchef Judge; Francesca Jackson discovered what drives his innate passion for food You have restaurants across the globe – how important to you is opening in Dubai? Dubai forms one of the key centres of modern international...  Read More »

A man for all seasons

From humble beginnings washing dishes at Colhugh Villa in Llantwit Major, Wales to President of Hotel Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts; Simon Casson has enjoyed a stellar career. To anyone who speaks to Simon Casson for even a few minutes...  Read More »

Simply the best – Food, glorious food…

From footman at Buckingham Palace, to chef at the Waldorf and the Ritz, Michelin stars, Chef of the Year, Roux Scholarship judge, David Nicholls now reigns supreme as Group Director of Food & Beverage for the world-renowned Mandarin Oriental Hotel chain. Trained in classical...  Read More »

Izakaya-style

With a place in San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants, Food and Travel’s GCC Asian Restaurant of the Year, Zuma Dubai is a testament to the inimitable style, fine food and first-class service that sets Zuma apart. Food and Travel spoke to GM Ilir Caushi to discover the secrets of maintaining...  Read More »

Intelligent design

Joe Worthington spoke to one of the region’s most talented architects, responsible for some of the most iconic and unique structures in the world today André C. Meyerhans, a Swiss national and long-term resident of Dubai, was last year nominated as the twenty-fourth most influential...  Read More »

Andreas Mattmüller

Food and Travel discovered what it takes to hold the tiller of a successful hotel chain from the Chief Operating Officer of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Middle East and Asia, Andreas Mattmüller Since Andreas Mattmüller joined Mövenpick Hotels in 2001 the chain has grown from...  Read More »

Christian Le Squer

Not a stranger to Michelin starred success, Chef Christian Le Squer once again earned the ultimate accolade from Michelin, as Le Cinq restaurant at the Georges V Hotel garnered 3 Michelin stars; Food and Travel’s Francesca Jackson discovered a little more about this famous son of Brittany Both...  Read More »