Category Archive: Interview

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with ALISON KIEWIET VAN EEDEN

I was in Bombay when I got an email informing me of Chef Alison’s appointment as the new Executive Chef at Novotel and looking at her press photos, I knew I would love… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with AJIT ATHALE

This is Chef Ajit’s first official interview and I am sure at some point in the future, I will look back and say – he spoke with me first! Inspired by his father… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with AUNG KO KO OO

Chef Aung has fed me multiple times without me ever knowing it. Right from when he first stepped foot in Dubai in 2009 with Mango Tree and right through his culinary journey at… Continue reading

CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP! with CANDICE WALKER

Her life revolved around food growing up. Candice worked in a restaurant after school, she cooked for her family and she still found time to watch three cooking shows on TV every single… Continue reading

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 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 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 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 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