Folly

It is easy to dismiss yet another big restaurant opening in Dubai as simply more of the same, but occasionally one comes along that gives diners something fresh and new. Folly by Nick and Scott recently opened in ­Madinat Jumeirah, on the site vacated by Rivington Grill. The chefs behind it are Nick Alvis and…

Young chefs

Giorgio Diana was leading restaurants that earned Michelin stars while still in his 20s. While his Mediterranean food with a molecular touch has wowed ­diners and judges, it represents a life of sacrifice. To reach such high standards at a young age requires not just innate talent, but discipline and some big life choices. “I…

Wagyu is in its prime, but is it the best cut?

There are more than 100 places to get steak in the UAE and more steakhouses are opening all the time, which is testament to the fact that beef is one of the world’s most popular dishes. If there’s one thing the UAE likes to eat it’s beef, and the country’s connoisseurs have long enjoyed a…

Peruvian star chef Virgilio Martínez

For even the casual diner, it is no secret that Peruvian cuisine has become a big deal over the past decade, and in recent years the UAE has seen a number of ­excellent Peruvian establishments open their doors. Now, the Michelin star chef of Peruvian cooking is launching a ­restaurant in Dubai. Virgilio Martínez is…

Is the restaurant scene in Dubai oversaturated?

The UAE is one of the world’s leading food and beverage markets, worth Dh52.4 billion in 2015, according to global market research group Euromonitor. Dubai alone has about 7,500 places to eat, from street cafes and fast-food outlets to fine-dining and high-end restaurants established by big-name chefs. Many will showcase their best dishes during Dubai…

Is extreme poverty really being eradicated?

[For Esquire magazine, Jan 2016] Here’s a statistic that illustrates how the world has changed in the last 200 years. Had you been born in 1820 there’s a 94 percent chance that you’d be extremely poor, with just six percent of the world’s population not living in extreme poverty. However, those considered extremely poor in…

What it feels like to pull 4.5g

First of all, when you put on a black flight suit then you instantly feel pretty badass. You’re Clint Eastwood in Firefox, you’re (a taller) Tom Cruise in Top Gun, you look like a real fighter pilot – a profession that at no point will ever require you to say on a phone to an insistent PR,…