Building a healthy new model for fast food

Each year there are predictions for food trends, but the one ­consistent thing we see year after year is an increased movement towards sustainability and healthier eating. The question is, can this be done for fast food, too? Hapi, a restaurant in the artsy Al Serkal part of Dubai, is a “fast casual” concept where…

Jon Ronson Q&A

Jon Ronson is preparing to write the sequel to Them: Adventurers With Extremists and I spoke to him about the characters from that book,where they are now and the state of currently discourse in society and politics. It seems like the cast of Them: Adventures with Extremists have now been re-branded as The Alt Right.…

The man who made modern sushi

Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi was born on the Japanese island of Miyako, and while you might not have heard of him, or the place he comes from, you are likely to have eaten some of the food he had a hand in influencing. In the world of modern ­sushi, this man is one of…

Keeping the British end up

Jeremy Hackett, founder of the Hackett brand on British style, manufacturing, red trousers, Mods and the basics rules of style. Words: Matt Pomroy “I struggle with pocket squares because I am conscious it looks as though I’ve made too much effort,” Jeremy Hackett says. Right there, in that one line, is all you need to…

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…

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…

The man who makes shoes for LeBron

Basketball shoe legend Aaron Cooper has been creating footwear for athletes, and the public, for over 20 years. You have a cool job don’t you? I love it. I keep getting speeding tickets on my way to work. How many pairs of sneakers do you own? I literally have no collection of sneakers, because I…