• Celebrity Chefs

    Making the Cut- Sitting Down With Celebrity Chef and Culinary Powerhouse Wolfgang Puck

    Wolfgang Puck is perhaps the original celebrity chef and one of the first to build a global empire. But he remains humble and driven to evolve not just his brand but his food legacy. Puck sat down with Life on the Wedge at his new restaurant CUT at the Mondrian Doha recently for an exclusive, wide-ranging and illuminating interview about his first venture in Qatar,  his view on food trends and the recent sexual harassment scandals uncovered in the restaurant trade. With an empire that spans the globe and includes some of the world’s best known restaurants and brands (and catering the yearly Governor’s Ball party at the Oscars), you…

  • Doha,  Qatar

    When a Chef and a Food Blogger Face Off – in Conversation with the Mondrian’s Simon Winchester

    With its fanciful and space age design and celebrity chef styled restaurants, the Mondrian Doha is already shaking up the food scene in Qatar. These include international brands such as CUT and Morimoto as well as Qatari restaurant Walima, casual Hudson Tavern, and bars Black Orchid and Rise. In addition, the much loved Magnolia Bakery has also found a home in the hotel’s sci fi movie set lobby. You can check my blog Facebook page for my first takes on two of these outlets. This is the first foray into the Middle East by edgy hotel brand SBE – complete with its gold plated elevator, Swarovski crystal chandeliers and I Dream of…

  • Cheese,  Doha,  Food,  Qatar,  Restaurants,  Travel

    Changing the Guard – Battle of the Burrata

    I have to admit, I am kind of change averse. Call me old fashioned but I kinda like a routine. But one area where I like a bit of variety is my restaurants. Two of my favorite places in Doha – Market by Jean Georges at W Doha and The Grill at Grand Hyatt Doha both saw new chefs take the helm in recent months. New chefs mean a new culinary viewpoint (far too much Food Network!) and new dishes to try. Both new chefs invited me to sample their dishes this month. And I have to say there is a lot to be excited about. and also, Burrata cheese,…