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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.
I wore all white, with the only colour being my red Puma Ferrari shoes as Ritz Carlton’s TOCA restaurant became the location for a scene in my‘David Bowie Is Around The World’ film with 2 Michelin Star chef Oliver Glowig. The white attire to bled into the kitchen, the Ferrari shoes, as the chef is German married to an Italian so it would be safe to guess he may love Ferrari and Formula One Racing. Toronto is about to gear up, as is the Ritz Carlton for The Toronto International Film Festival, where the film directed by Ron Howard, ‘Rush’ a story of the rivalry between a German Niki Lauda and James Hunt from United Kingdom will be shown. As the chef got busy in the kitchen it was not long before he said to me,”I saw your picture with Niki Lauda”. The chef was referring to the photo below, with Toronto International Film Festival Gala Chair and board director Warren Spitz, Niki, and the CEO of TIFF Pierce Handling. I asked the chef if he liked Formula One, and he did not miss a beat in telling me that he loved it, “German’s are very strong in the sport”, we both smiled.
Chef Oliver Glowig performs in the kitchen with the calmness of a Michael Schumacher, easy going personality of Sebastian Vettel, and while appearing casual, is in total control such as Niki Lauda currently the CEO of Mercedes Benz Formula One ‘Silver Arrows Team’. What more could you ask for? in the case of chef Glowig the flare of the Italian and what you get is something very spectacular.
If you are not going to make it to Rome in the near future then why not try a bit of delicious Rome in Toronto, with chef Oliver Glowig who is getting dinner ready for you in the kitchen and will be serving it up from August 22 -25, TOCA restaurant, Ritz Carlton Toronto. Here is a teaser to entice you.
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.
This year began with an adventure of discovery for My Name is Khan, infusing the west with the east, through fashion, food, films, music and formula one, preparing for the adventure that awaits at F1 of India.
I have always been curious to get to know new cultures, so I am looking forward to traveling to India, as I haven’t been there-Michael Schumacher
On the pages of My Name is Khan you have seen Indian fashion, met everyone that matters in bollywood as they came to Toronto for the IFFA Awards, been introduced to the essence of spices in Indian cuisine brought to you by Arvinda’s and now may I introduce you to the Three Kings who are all on the top of their game.
Shah Rukh Khan known as SRK by millions is expected in Toronto in forty-eight hours, to open his film Ra One only to turn around and return to India for India’s very first Formula One race. Is he bigger then any Hollywood star, oh yes he is if you consider 600 million people on cell phones are keeping track of him.
Michael Schumacher is a King among F1 drivers and I have been around the sphere of Michael since he began racing for Team Benetton. Even today I look in amazement at the Benetton cards celebrating the first three wins framed on the wall, not knowing that Michael Schumacher was just warming up. Michael closed a circle in his life by coming back to where he started with Ross Brawn and Mercedes. Michael you have to come to India in your off time and next time I hope that you will come to Jaipur where magic rules and enjoy the history while in the comfort of the luxury of the Fairmont Jaipur who have catered to the best of bollywood in Toronto, so they too like you are on top of their game. There is no doubt Michael is rocking India the media is buzzing, but then this is India where red is blue and blue in green. Mercedes Benz India is the lead sponsor of the glitzy dazzling Amber Lounge Delhi and so you can be assured that a party not to be forgotten will be taking place in India and Micheal will be present and the music will carry you away as if on a magic carpet. In India they love music and they love to dance. I hope you brought your dancing shoes.
Chef Vineet Bhati awarded the Michelin star I have known for over twenty five years. I first met Chef Bhati with the late film producer Ismail Merchant at the London restaurant Star of India. Chef Vineet Bhati’s Rosi which is on the same street where I had my first flat in London is off King’s Road on Lincoln Street. Over the years I have seen Vineet always sparkle with new creations. Shah Rukh Khan or Michael Schumacher could not go without food and the food that is prepared by chef Vineet is a odyssey into the world of divine foods that leave you utterly speechless. This is a good thing. The adventure is just beginning for Michael Schumacher because if you have not experienced India or Indian cuisine of chef Vineet Bhati you are still on the path of discovery.