Chef Michael Mina on his new launch in DIFC

Another big-name chef has opened a restaurant in Dubai. Egyptian-born American-based chef Michael Mina has just launched Mina Brasserie in DIFC on the site of what was the Firebird Diner. He tells us why he chose Dubai for his first overseas restaurant, why Middle Eastern food is the next big trend globally and how he…

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…

Molecule restaurant brings French bistronomy culture to Dubai

You may not have heard the term bistronomy, but the culinary movement has revolutionised French dining, and could do the same for the UAE. A portmanteau of “bistro” and “gastronomy”, the term – spelt bistronomie in France – was coined in 2004 by food critic Sébastien Demorand while reviewing La Régalade, a small bistro that…

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…