Restaurant Spotlights

Lidija takes you behind the scenes with her favourite chefs showcasing their skill & passion in the kitchen

Restaurant Spotlight: In The Kitchen With Rüya

To elevate tradition is no easy task, especially when it’s deeply rooted in history. It takes vision, respect, and plenty of imagination. As I was about to find out, Rüya does exactly that, and so much more. Tucked away behind a pair of mammoth, iron-hinged wood doors...

Restaurant Spotlight: In the kitchen with Coya – part II

What a difference a year makes. It’s been exactly twelve months since I waltzed through the doors of Coya Dubai, where chef Benjamin Wan left me mesmerized by his approach to fine Peruvian cuisine. I had the privilege of assisting Benjamin behind the ceviche counter,...

In the moment with Thomas Keller

Today, I met a legend. There are moments in life that sweep you off your feet and leave you feeling like a teenager all over again. That’s exactly what happened when I came face-to-face with my culinary crush, and the inspiration behind my passion in the kitchen. To...

A Conversation with the Galvin Brothers

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for a chat with Jeff and Chris Galvin - the Michelin-Star brother duo responsible for elevating Britain’s culinary scene with their beautiful collection of critically acclaimed French restaurants. Little did I know that our...

Chef Spotlight: In the Kitchen with The Experience by Reif Othman

I’m often at a loss for words when I meet a great chef. They are the artists, the pioneers, and the visionaries that roam the culinary world with a constant thirst to learn, inspire, and create. At the risk of sounding too poetic, great food is more than just taste,...

Restaurant Spotlight: In the Kitchen with Chef Liam Breen

Something struck me when I first met chef Liam Breen. Maybe it was because I had heard his name whispered fast and furiously throughout the Dubai foodie circuit on too many occasions to mention. Or maybe it was the fact that at the age of twenty-five, he’s already an...

Bûche de Noël with Galeries Lafayette

I remember my first Christmas in Paris. A light dusting of snow swept the streets of the right bank’s Marais district where glimmering festive lights illuminated the Parisian landscape. It was romantic, idyllic, and beautiful. My husband and I walked for hours,...

In the cheese room with jones the grocer

My love affair with cheese started years ago as a little girl. I could easily gulp down full-fat milk by the gallon, put extra cheddar on my burgers, and sprinkle grated cheese on just about anything I could get my hands on – obviously, dairy was my food group of...

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