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Firebird Diner

Firebird Diner is our All Day Casual Dining choice for all the right reasons, delivering a chic dining experience and after spending an afternoon talking to Chef Mina, Francesca Jackson thought it would just be too rude not to try the epicurean delights first-hand Firebird Diner is an homage the iconic American...  Read More »

Social success

Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, the man behind Marina Social in Dubai our GCC Restaurant of the Year, takes a short break from his hectic schedule to tell Food and Travel what makes him tick, how he carved his own path and what drives him to keep raising the bar even higher You have...  Read More »

South American chic

Food and Travel’s Sudeshna Ghosh caught up with Virgilio Martinez at the latest outpost of Lima Dubai His friendly, unassuming personality belies his celebrity status. That could be one of the reasons why he walked away with the Chefs’ Choice trophy at this year’s World’s...  Read More »

Slim Zaiane

Elegant, urbane, charming and passionate about his work, Slim Zaiane brings a wealth of experience and drive to the Kempinski Mall of the Emirates Zaiane grew up in his family hotel so probably came as no surprise that he should follow in the family footsteps. A BA Honours in Hotel...  Read More »

Carmelo Greco

Birds eye view of the Coco Residence. With his renowned eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant in Frankfurt am Main, chef Carmelo Greco took his unique talents and unbridled passion for innovative interpretation of classic Italian cuisine to Coco Bodu Hithi and the sun drenched white beaches of...  Read More »

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 »