If you take communion, then when I bit into the thin wafer, shaped like a skateboard perfectly placed with the poached raw fruits, vegetables with braised tomatoes and black olives, my first thought was the Vatican should really have Oliver Glowig make the communion wafers, it will bring people flocking to the church. That is how good it was, freshly made in the kitchen of TOCA restaurant where I had been filming Oliver Glowig for a scene in my documentary film ‘David Bowie Is Around The World’.
The film I am producing and directing features interesting people from around the world who like David Bowie have no respect for the status quo.
Two Michelin star chef Oliver Glowig, while in the kitchen peeling an artichoke and then talking about how it was to be prepared and what was to go top during the filming had me worked up. When the lobster with artichoke heart and burrata arrived I just savored the moment.
As each course arrived a full explanation was given about what you were about to eat in detail a sign that you are in a five star luxury hotel where nothing is left to chance, ( and people wonder why I always suggest to the VIP’s soon to arrive from Hollywood, Ritz Carlton, Toronto).
Having traveled the world, accustomed to five star luxury hotels from the time of the Aga Khan’s own foray into luxury hotels in Italy, mood in a restaurant to accompany the food of a Michelin star chef Oliver Glowig is absolute essential and TOCA did not miss a beat.
It would have been utterly foolish of me not to go for the full tasting menu and in doing so I began a journey to paradise.
Rome is one of my favorite cities, where women with strollers walk in high heel, everyone takes there time enjoying life, anywhere you go food is good, and most importantly noting you can dream has not been done in Rome already. So if you are going to Rome, then it is a good idea and I certainly suggest that you go see a chef, my friend, one of the stars of my film Oliver Glowig.
My friend Leonardo Temperini is the Executive Director at the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese in Rome, and it is a great spot in the eternal city. So what a delightful surprise to find from the sterling team of the Ritz Carlton Toronto while trying to work my way through a monstrously delicious club sandwich that 2 Michelin Stars chef Oliver Glowig will be visiting their TOCA restaurant next week.
Chef Oliver Glowig, his German origin has granted him a talent for precision, dedication and accuracy and all his time spent in Italy’s Campania in addition to being married to a Nepalese wife has given him experience and passion rarely anyone who is not an Italian possesses. Rome is one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities in the world and I love it, yet I have never had the opportunity to dine at Oliver Glowig. That is about to change. As the days quickly race away till September 5 when the world descends upon Toronto for one of the greatest film festival in the world, The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), it is great to be able to get into the swing of things with the visit of chef Oliver Glowig.
“They produce some of the best miso in Japan,” said Sugiura. “We bring it here to share with each other, to appreciate each other and to enjoy it together. It’s East meets West — one world — at the Golden Globes.”
Executive Hotel chef Suki Sugiura and pastry chef Thomas Henri are going all out on the 69th Golden Globes dinner gala event. This is no farm to table fare. No this is very Hollywood. Opulent is the word, as expensive ingredients are imported and jetted in from several parts of the Globe. The chocolate will be imported from Switzerland, acacia honey caramel coming from France, other goodies are expected from Spain and Italy. Five hundred magnums of the 2002, which was bottled and has been sitting for seven years — the longest resting period of any of the Moet Grand Vintages — will be served at the Golden Globes on January 15. Here is the menu, and it is yes mouth watering. It’s what I love about USA, when you do it, just do it big. It’s Beverly Hills, and the Beverly Hilton what else would you expect, this is the land of where magic is real and dreams come true.
If Bruce Willis need a double well I have found one in awarded two Michelin stars Chef Thierry Marx who’s restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in Paris which opened it’s doors last year was voted the best spot in Paris 2012. That alone should tell you something, this is Paris we are talking about and Paris as we know has some incroyable merveilleux place’s to go and eat. If you have been to my friends restaurant in Frankfurt, Silk, and Cocoon Club, then Chef Thierry Marx’s sur mesure tre thierry marx has created a cocoon of exclusivity dominated by white, with walls of soothing monochromatic clouds by artist Heidi Winge Strom who would know how to work with white being from Norway. Life is short so one has to make every attempt to make each minute count, and here is where Chef Thierry Marx comes in to make sure that you feel you are eating in heaven. The restaurant has seats for forty-four something that is apropos to the cuisine all served on white and gold porcelain. The only caution I have for anyone venturing to the restaurant keep your wallet closed this is in the worst area in Pairs, the streets Rue Saint-Honoré is not a easy street to navigate without not being tempted to shop, shop, shop, and shop on the way to un dîner plus étonnant
After receiving his chef training at Mumbai’s prestigious Oberoi Hotel, Vineet Bhatia immigrated to England. His work at Zaika then made him Europe’s first chef of Indian cuisine to be awarded a Michelin star.
How do you begin this exotic journey into the world of Chef Vaneet Bhatia and the King of fizz Dom Perignon? The women I know who are alluringly spellbinding and can enslave any man with their teasing sorcery with a wave of their hand as if it was a magic wand, start with a bottle of Dom Perignon and a luxury bath.
Karl Lagerfeld showcased his collection of Chanel Paris to Bombay in the splendor of a Indian Palace he also did a photo shoot for Dom Perignon. My dear friend from London Michelin awarded Chef Vaneet Bhatia was appointed to create a Indian dining experience for the King of fizz Dom Perignon. Fashion and Champagne go hand and hand, after all LVMH owns the champagne brand Dom Pérignon and beauty brands such as Louis Vuitton and Guerlain.
This has been the first time that Dom Perignon selected Indian food to feature for it’s Dom Perignon affair. Why not, if Karl Lagerfeld is doing it at Chanel and you have a Chef such as Vaneet Bhatia. To experience the food of Chef Bhatia is without question being on a magical train of old the Orient Express with provocatively clad women with a yen for food. It is an adventure. He is the King of Spice. He is constantly creating. Inventing. The food is a fantasy of taste. I have known the Chef for twenty years or so and all I can say, when it comes to Indian foods Chef Vaneet Bhatia rules. If you have not been to his restaurant in London Rasoi on Lincoln Street I urge you go, life is too short to pass this up. Bravo Chef. The adventure never stops for My Name is Khan.
The Mistress of Spice the film with Indian super-star actress, model Aishwarya Rai, was written by friends of mine about a women who can foresee the future and has a spice shop in San Francisco. They also wroteem Bhaji on the Beach/em, and emWhats Cooking/em all three films using food as key element of the story. Food is central part of our lives, and time is so short on this earth that we should like Chef Marco Pierre White says savor each and every bite like sex, take your time. For a few months now I have been chasing after Chef Lynn Crawford who was shooting her cook book or running around shooting her television show and as such time never permitted to get together. The Delicious Food Show in Toronto an adventure of discover of food, wine, cheese, and everything delicious not only gave me the opportunity to meet up with Chef Lynn Crawford, but also an alumni Chef Preena Chauhan and an accidental model, actress and cook Padma Lakshmi. It was an opportunity not to be missed. Like the three films, these three women have genuinely warm personality that can engender loyalty. Their passion for food is crafted by twists of life and its endless snarls created by the intersection of human personalities and travel that are alarmingly wonderful.
strongChef Lynn Crawford/strong is from my home town Toronto and was executive chef at the Four Seasons in Toronto as well as the former executive chef at the Four Seasons in New York. In Toronto she is the chef of her restaurant Ruby Watchco she also appeared on the Food Networks Iron Chef America the third chef from Canada to do so. Chef Lynn Crawford is not only funny and entertaining she is bubbling with personality and please dont use a measuring cup in her presence.
strong Chef Preena Chauhan/strong is a University of Toronto alumni who started her own spice company Arvindas named after her mother. Chef Preena reminded me a lot of Aishwarya Rai in my friends spice film while Aishwarya played a fictional role chef Preena Chauhan is the real thing the princess of spice with her fine blends which she layers into her cooking allowing the spices the time to slowly interact with each other providing a flavorful dishes. Chef Preena Chauhan is also not lacking of personality her her mannerism is easy as his her style of cooking.
The cook among chefs was strongPadma Lakshmi/strong who let everyone know she is not a chef she only tells chefs what to do. Padma Lakshmis style is a lot of my late former film associate Ismail Merchant who could make something out of nothing and did so many time while we where shooting the film emSlaves of New York/em or on sets when catering budgets was non-existent Padma calls this MacGyvering a spin on the television show MacGyver. Padma is a cook through and through and she loves to eat while maintaining a sleek figure.
The two chefs Lynn Crawford and Preena Chauhan and the cook Padma all have a love for foods and they all imparted on key tip, dont skimp use the best this is all going into your body, its the essence of life and it makes all the difference. All three also like everything fresh from the market to the kitchen table is the way these ladies go and having lived all over the world I can tell you its the way of the world. The adventure of discovery is what I was expecting at the Delicious Food Show and it did not disappoint, and that is what My Name is Khan all about.