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Take Note: The Tastemaker – Kurt Zdesar

Being a restaurateur is tough work. A seasoned one knows that our appetites can’t be satiated for very long, so carving out a concept and identity that cuts through all the noise is crucial to survival. Someone who has managed this feat is Kurt Zdesar, a former director at Nobu and founder of dim sum chain Ping Pong and Nikkei restaurant Chotto Matte. His latest venture Bouillabaisse aims to highlight the best in sustainable seafood. Here, Zdesar shares more about what makes him tick. Memorable restaurants Central in Lima, Peru. “Chef Virgilio created a menu that took me on a culinary journey through Peru’s rich bio-diversity, a meal that genuinely inspired me and was unforgettable.” Gjelina in Santa Monica, California. “This place really struck a chord for me. It has a low-key yet electric, fun environment and has ethics about the food it serves. One of my favourite farm-to-table restaurants.” Chez Robert et Louise in Paris, France. “An institution that everyone must visit. This discreet little restaurant serves amazing steak which the butcher carves up …

Take Note: Ten Lifestyle Concierge

It takes a pretty special team to be able to deliver on the most extravagant to the most exacting of requests but for Ten Lifestyle Concierge, such is their forte. Here, one of team’s restaurant lifestyle managers Melvyna Mumunie shares the secrets that only those “in the know” know to help you get the most out of the London dining scene. 1. Supper clubs are nothing new but Robin Gill from The Dairy’s Bloodshot series of late night dinners caught my attention. Every month one of London’s top chefs takes over the stove. It kicks off at 1am and carries on until sunrise. It’s mainly for London’s hard-working kitchen staff but four members of the public can attend each month. 2. Demand at any of Jason Atherton’s new openings is always high and always justified – Social Eating House snapped up a Michelin star after five months. Few know about the counter table downstairs overlooking the main kitchen – you’ll struggle to find a more intimate chef’s table in the capital. 3. Speakeasy-style drinking dens …

Take Note: XiN – 3D-printed jewellery

With 3D-printers now available at many a designer’s disposal, the race is on for the most fantastical and extravagant of pieces but what to do if you’re of an impatient nature? Well, you could try taking note of this jewellery range for starters.   Created by Chinese designer Xinran Lu, jewellery brand XiN already boasts three collections that have all been 3D-printed in London and which are now available to buy and wear, with prices ranging from £400 to £8,000. The ‘Shan-Shi’ collection (pictured) – translates as ‘Mountain Lion’ in Chinese, features bold, intricate but minimalist shapes along with luminous gemstones and diamonds that have a mesmerising effect on anyone who catches sight of it. Each piece is designed digitally before being 3D-printed, coated in precious metals and hand-finished with any precious stones added along the way. Here, Xinran gives us some insight into the process behind creating the pieces in his collection. “When I finish a digital model, I send it to the 3D printing workshop. Once I have the 3D printing wax model …

Interview: Chef Enrico Cerea at Da Vittorio (Three Michelin stars)

This October, Stelle di Stelle – a fine-dining pop-up at Harrods, is playing host to Italian chefs Enrico and Roberto Cerea from restaurant Da Vittorio in Italy. The restaurant holds three Michelin stars. Here, Enrico Cerea tells us a little bit about his special menu, food-loves and evens throws in a few recipe suggestions. Tell us about the courses you’ll be offering during your residency The aim of this menu was to take all the international guests at Harrods on a journey around Italy by including a variety of excellent Italian regional products, allowing them to taste a variety of Italian ingredients. I started by looking at the ingredients I could take from Lombardy, my own region, and then included ingredients from Piedmont, Umbria, Sicily – only the dessert (below) is inspired by a region outside of Italy, Japan. Your personal favourite dish(es) to make? There are so many that I enjoy preparing and that represent me so it is hard for me to choose. If I had to choose I’d feel like I was …

Take Note: acrylicize – design masterminds

Giving whole new meaning to the act of ‘decorating the office’, art and design studio acrylicize has made a much sought-after business out of making art work in the workplace They’ve created design pieces and art installations in the headquarters of some of the biggest brands in the world and it doesn’t look like the work will let up any time soon bit its inception had pretty humble beginnings. Created whilst at university James Burke, together with his friend Paul Arad, tapped into a concept which looks into new ways of encouraging people outside of the art establishment to engage with art. Burke explains, “I wanted to develop something that could be appreciated by a wide spectrum of people so looked at doing something new with the simple ‘picture on the wall’ concept. The idea of acrylicize was to update the traditional canvas and develop a contemporary alternative using modern materials and technology. That’s where the use of acrylic came in and with it the name acrylicize.” Fast forward a few years and Burke and …

Fine Foodie Feat: Fuji apple at Aqua Kyoto

An edible creation to marvel at, Chef Paul Greening’s new signature dessert at Aqua Kyoto is a thing of beauty. Featuring a blown-sugar apple casing filled with apple mousse and a caramel core alongside a scoop of crème fraiche ice cream, it is both enchanting and sinfully delicious – a perfect, crowd-pleasing combination. The technical dessert required months of experimentation as Chef Greening explains, “We experimented for about a month with different storage temperatures and durations to see if it could withstand humidity and it took about another month to get the right colour for the redness of the apple. The actual apple part is blown exactly as you would blow glass with a specialist machine, it’s an art form and takes each chef at least a week to learn and then they need to perfect it.” Hats off to the craftsmanship – it certainly gets our approval. The Fuji apple with crème fraiche ice cream dessert is available at Aqua Kyoto, 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance at 30 Argyll Street), London W1B 3BR. …

A dark American history lesson by Ben Turnbull

Like it or lump it, and lump it you most certainly can but history – unabridged history, has no regard for selective sentiment. The reality and dark truth of much of American history, particularly with regard to its history of assassinations, sits at the heart of Londoner-artist Ben Turnbull’s latest solo exhibition, American History X: Volume I – The Death Of America. Here, art reflecting life, Ben lays it straight on how his work holds a mirror up to American history, pitting works of John F Kennedy alongside the likes of sniper assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, to his analogy of the ‘ars*-licking’ established gallery circuit. The obsession with America: “It began as escapism and to make my own world that was foreign yet familiar, as I’d been surrounded by American memorabilia at home and was obsessed with U.S. television programmes. I never thought I’d even visit the States as a kid so on reflection, I was forming my own version of the U.S. but in my own unique way through books, comics and toys.” The …

Take Note: Nuz Shugaa

An expert and an insight into their craft – NUZ SHUGAA: The Bespoke Facialist There’s a reason why people keep coming back to Nuz Shugaa, many of whom are absolute in their loyalty – she produces outstanding skin results. Using only natural therapies to treat everything from blemishes to ageing skin, Nuz is an authority on natural skincare and as such, she is one of the most in-demand facialists in the UK. Here, Nuz shares her secrets… MAKE IT PERSONAL “Creating a bespoke facial is to pay attention to what skin needs and what it lacks and to make a difference with just one treatment, along with advice on maintaining it afterwards.” HOW I DO IT “I use and blend organic and natural ingredients sourced from all over the world, from oils and antioxidant-rich super foods to nightingale droppings (great for brightening skin). It’s important to strike the right balance between knowing which ingredients will suit each skin type and how far you can push the results.” STAY AWAY FROM BOTOX AND FILLERS “Relying on …

Rising star – Lily Kamper

Lily Kamper, Textile & Accessories Designer Being a graduate is tough. Working towards that first break is even tougher. But one person, whose talent for creating achingly cool and covetable accessories and has been in demand pretty much since the day she left the Royal College of Art, is Lily Kamper. After plenty of exhibitions including Scoop International at the Saatchi Gallery, London and Premier Vision, Paris, along with commissions for Nike and trend-forecaster WGSN, Lily is now producing her A/W 2013 jewellery collection. With a penchant for Perspex and dyes and an inclination for combining unusual materials, Lily’s vision has strong commercial appeal for today’s highly design-conscious market. To create her jewellery, small blocks of Perspex, Corian and brass (which are then gold and silver plated) are turned meticulously on a lathe. The Perspex pieces are dip-dyed to create an ombre effect and the handmade process means that every piece is entirely unique. The collection was inspired by the structures of pillars, temples and pyramids and by the works of Dan Flavin, Bernd and …

Mission: Possible – interior design shopping at your fingertips

If you have ever stayed at a hotel or dined in a restaurant and fallen in love with a quirky chair or a statement light fixture, you needn’t scour the earth to track it down yourself, there is an online service that will do it all for you. Created by Isabel Rutland, Discover & Deliver, allows you to ‘shop’ the very pieces you’ve seen in some of the world’s best design hotels and restaurants yourself, from Claridge’s in London to the Mondrian Soho in New York to The Water House in Shanghai. ‘These hotels are like the catwalks for the furniture industry,’ says Rutland. The concept was born after the realisation that much of Rutland’s inspiration when trying to furnish her own home (on a budget), came from some of the hotels she had stayed in herself. ‘Being able to bring in accents of design enables people who can’t afford a whole sweep of interior changes, to get a step closer to the design they would want in an ideal world. It is about being …