A Conversation with Mario Batali

If you live in the US you cannot help recognize Chef Mario Batali, though his famous orange Crocs at times seem to steal the spotlight. There is a story going around that since the manufacturer was discontinuing the production of the orange hue that he likes, Batali ordered 200 pairs so as not to run…

Sandra Plevisani, Queen of Desserts, Lima, Peru

Sandra Plevisani and I met for the first time at a Cava and paella party hosted by acclaimed chef Rafael Piqueres at his Maras restaurant at the Westin in Lima, Peru. It had been an exceptional day for me as that evening I met Chef Toshiro Konishi at Mesa 18 for a great conversation during…

Franco Kisic, IK Restaurant, Lima, Peru

I never met Franco Kisic’s twin brother Ivan. Franco and I first met while he was working for Albert Adria at Tickets in Barcelona and we became good friends over the course of several years. Franco was an important player in the development of the Nikkei concept restaurant that the Adria brothers were working on…

Opinionated About Dining

If you are on the fence about which restaurants to put on your must visit or travel to list for this year then the information  released this week by Opinionated About Dining (OAD) in Brussels of the top ten restaurants in Europe will hopefully be a useful guide. According to the OAD panel, which considered…