World Chefs: Aikens to debut 'sharing' restaurant in Dubai

Tue Jul 7, 2015 7:09am EDT
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By Matilda Egere-Cooper

LONDON (Reuters) - British chef Tom Aikens is a busy man. Between opening his fourth restaurant in London this year and managing two others in Hong Kong and Istanbul, he’s found time to set up an unusual new project in Dubai.

Pots, Pans & Boards will open in the autumn and offer a family-style experience that allows guests to serve themselves at their table.

It’s the latest venture in the 45-year-old's lengthy career that has seen him publish three cookbooks and become the youngest chef to win two Michelin stars by the age of 26.

He spoke to Reuters about the new restaurant and his favorite dishes on the menu.

Q: Why did you choose Dubai as a location?

A: I think more chefs are going to Dubai in terms of opening up restaurants. The quality of restaurant there is very high and the produce is getting better and better.

Q: How did you come up with the concept?

A: The idea was mainly from childhood memories of having food served out of one pot and sort of tucking into it, served at the table. There’s quite a few dishes that we’re serving that’s coming straight out of a pot or served in a pan, so it just makes it a lot more fun for people to share dishes.   Continued...