I love food; I love shopping for it, preparing it, talking about it, experimenting with it, cooking it, eating it, and watching people eat or talk about it. In fact, while other people tell me they paint or sculpt or draw or make movies, I’ve always maintained that my art form was cooking. So you know what? I’m starting my own damn cooking show and I hope you guys will love it.
For my first ever episode, I wanted to go big so I went all the way to the top and that is in the kitchen with Chef Tom, a renowned professional chef in both Beirut and Dubai.
Tom is an exceptional dude, in fact, he’s down right badass! Born and raised in the Czech Republic, Tom decided he needed to get out and fled to England where started at the bottom of the kitchen rung working in Chinese restaurants as an illegal immigrant. Nine months in, Czech was finally admitted to the EU and Tom became a free and legal man. He’s worked for the Royal Court in England, but that was too boring for the culinary adventurer so he journeyed all the way to Dubai to expand his horizons. And then he discovered Beirut, a city, like most of us, he couldn’t keep his hands off of!
In Dubai he does awesome unique stuff like organizes and cooks at secret dinner parties around the city where for example, one night you meet with a bunch of foodie strangers and eat dinner around the theme of movies; So you’ll watch a scene from Goodfellas and eat pasta and then a scene from Pulp Fiction and drink a milkshake. Get it? But if that starts losing its charm or gets too commercial, he’s on to the next thing. In Beirut he started the Junkyard, a popup restaurant outside the old train station where he changed the menu every single day and focused on fresh, local ingredients. It was a huge success and many of my friends to this day lament its ephemeral existence.
When I met up with him he was crafting the menu for Le Sushi Bar‘s, Beirut’s oldest and most famous sushi restaurant, 15th year anniversary. It’s a menu with 15 new and tantalizing dishes that will show the direction of their Asian kitchen. What struck me, besides the to-die-for-dishes, was how charming, fun, and adventurous Tom is with his food. If you notice in the end of the episode, he presents me with these gorgeous edible flowers he picked in the parking lot of Zaatar W Zeit, and they are delicious! Needless to say, this guy has taken his love and passion for food and made it fun for everyone.
So, watch the show and tell me, kind of style/direction should I take? Tips? Suggestions? Hopes and dreams? Thanks!!
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