Category Archive: Chef Talk

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with JUAN CARLOS

This is the first Chef I asked to interview after I had dined at his restaurant and fell in love with the food. And my meeting with Juan Carlos was as interesting as… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with VIVEK KASHIWALE

A man of contradictions (in a nice way) is how I sum up Vivek. By that I mean – he seems an impatient man, but when it comes to his cooking style is… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with LLOYD ROBERTS

Lloyd has worked and gained experience in some of the most renowned restaurants in the world serving Japanese cuisine – from Nobu to Zuma, from Novikov to his current abode at Wakame. But… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with ABDULMAJID ABOOUN

This man smiles in the face of adversity who is as humble as they come. Chef Abdul arrived in Dubai to work in the kitchen of a restaurant run by his extended family… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with ASHWANI RANGTA

Asha’s has just opened its door in Manchester (UK) and the person who entrusted with it is Chef Ashawani. I had the pleasure of meeting him while he was in Dubai prior to… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with SAMIR ROONWAL

The decision to leave the Canadian snow and move to the sandy shores of Dubai after 25 years was something that came easily to Chef Samir – and he has never regretted it… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with ANTONI MORALES

I have to admit, this Chef has courage. He left his home country to work in a country whose language he did not know at all (I know I wouldn’t have the guts… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with HIMANSHU SAINI

First a confession. Whenever I have heard of molecular gastronomy, I have always assumed that the Chef behind this kind of cuisine would be a middle aged Chef (don’t ask me where I… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with NIGEL LOBO

Nigel referred to Bombay as Mumbai – so I knew instantly he belonged to a younger generation (the other give-away being that he does look young). The one quality that comes to mind… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with THOMAS BATOR

This man is a thinker! Even with my ‘this or that’ questions, he paused for a second before he answered. And no matter how pushy I got, he still paused to think. The… Continue reading