Category Archive: Interview

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with LILY HOA NGUYEN

Vietnam gave me some of my most memorable holiday memories, but the one thing that always stood out was the wonderful Vietnamese people. So a self-taught Vietnamese lady chef who had as recently… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with ALPER UZUNDURUKAN

Chef Alper Uzundurukan’s journey into the food world was one of fate and he had never looked back. He started in a small Italian café in Turkey and worked his way into the… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with CHEF JITIN JOSHI

This blog has to start with both a confession and an apology. Confession: I interviewed Chef Jitin a year ago (Yikes!) and as much as I loved him and what he shared, I… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with CHEF HARI NAYAK

I had enjoyed Chef Hari Nayak’s food before I even knew he was responsible for it. This was when I visited Bombay Bungalow at The Beach on JBR. When I dined at Masti,… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with CHEF NICOLAS BACHEYRE

Nicolas was the first Pastry Chef I interviewed for Chef Talk – and it was a super start. I was invited by Sopexa for a workshop to learn all about cream – which… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with CHEF MASSIMILIANO

Massimiliano comes across as the most lovable teddy bear. He is all smiles and always seems happy. He loves to travel – and that is obvious by the countries he has worked in… Continue reading

SWEET TALK WITH QUDSIA KARIM

My first introduction to Cocosia chocolates was when FoodeMag DXB invited me to the preview of Farzi Café – our take away was a bespoke chocolate made by Cocosia. Fast forward many months… Continue reading

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: TIPS & TRICKS FROM SPINNEY’S CHEF MARK EVANS

Christmas. It’s one of those festive times that means something to everyone. For me growing up as a child, it always represented my brother’s birthday with a proper sit down turkey lunch with… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with CHEF WINFRIED HELMETAG

As I sat to transcribe this interview (the time lapse is something I have to ask forgiveness for) I could not help but smile. Chef Winfried started off being guarded but as the… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with CHEF KELVIN CHEUNG

I wanted to meet the Chef of Bastian – the soon to open seafood restaurant in Bandra. I thought it would be nice to get a first peak, but a leading fashion magazine… Continue reading