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,…

Zinedine Zidane: What I’ve Learned

I have an affinity with the Arabic world. I have it in my blood, via my parents. I’m very proud of being French, but also very proud of having these roots and this diversity. Diversity is a great advantage for any family. Children who have parents of different nationalities speak different languages and learn from different cultures.…

The best bacon sandwich in Britain right now…

I’ve eaten more bacon rolls, sandwiches and butties than is probably good for me. Or anyone. From five-star hotel to dockside café and most places in-between I’m speaking from experience and a lot of research. And although the conclusion is always an opinion, it’s one I’m clinging to – at least until something better can…

Paperlung

After seven years away, former Boo Radleys singer Sice has come in from the wilderness and formed a new band, Paperlung. He spoke to Time Out about the new venture and why the end of The Boo Radleys was a relief… [For Time Out magazine. April 2006] Why were you away so long? What were…