Witty, with a hint of reserve, racer Armaan Ebrahim, 24, is anything but over the top. This is evident in his sartorial choices. Choosing comfort over runway must-haves, his ensembles have a cool vibe. For the son of ex-Indian F3 champion Akbar Ebrahim, a standout moment remains the Formula V6 Asia in 2007 where he captured five race wins and finished second in points. Next month, he will be back in the driver’s seat, at the FIA GT World Series in Azerbaijan. While not racing, Ebrahim divides his time between the family business of motor sports, his friends and quick breaks in Goa, Pondicherry and Singapore. He shares how his understated style fits in at lounges across the world.
The ‘mrporter’ Jacket
This jacket, crafted from butter-soft leather punctuated with bold zips and quilted panels from Balmain is a stunner. Wear it with tailored trousers and boots to complete the look. Just in time for the year end festivities. Priced at Rs 2,63,315 approximately. Details: mrporter.com
A polo from Hackett
For a sporty evening, a polo from Hackett in pique cotton will do the trick. “I dress up very casually and even when I go out with friends for a night out, I choose plain T-shirts,” says the racer. Priced at approximately Rs 6,289, available at the Collective. Details: 28332128
The TAG-Heuer Carrera ‘Monaco Grand Prix’ Limited Edition Chronograph
Watch it forever
A fan of Tag Heuer, Carrera Connection, Ebrahim says, “I have never taken this watch off my hand since the time I got it. I love it and it goes wherever I go,” he says. The TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Monaco Grand Prix’ Limited Edition Chronograph is based on the 1964 Jack Heuer tribute to the Carrera Panamericana Mexico road race of the 50’s. Priced from Rs 1,59,000 and above. At the store in UB City Bangalore. Details: 080 22711488
Wallet from Gucci
Again, keeping simplicity in mind, this wallet from Gucci passes the test. With six card slots, the billfold wallet is sleek and a considered choice. Made in Italy, it comes in different colours too. Priced at approximately Rs 25,000, available at Galleria Shopping Mall, Mumbai. Details: 022 25797506
Straight cut Armani jeans
Cut it straight
From the house of Armani, straight cut jeans are hot now and Ebrahim owns five of them. They look and feel fabulous. Priced from Rs 11,000 onwards, the jeans are avilable at Luxxe Box. Details: 28464544
Leather brown belt from ‘Brooks’
A leather brown belt from Brooks Brothers is a classic, also right for the club. Pair it with a black T-shirt and blue jeans and you are good to go. Priced at Rs 6,990 at the store in Phoenix Market City. Details: 30083007
Bolan sunglasses from Paul Smith
The ‘cool’ factor
These Bolan sunglasses from Paul Smith have the right attitude and look. With a touch of gold and quirky guitar detailing on the inside, the aviators offer some privacy. Priced at Rs 15,750, at Luxxe Box in Express Avenue. Details: 28464544
Loafers from ‘Language’
Ebrahim prefers loafers. A casual dresser, the racer likes them in dark brown. These loafers from Language are comfortable and will also prove their worth on the dance floor. Priced at Rs 4,990, at the store on Rutland Gate. Details: 32210400
Just Different (by Hugo Boss)
Ebrahim prefers Hugo Boss when it comes to fragrances. The Hugo Just Different has a scent that is adventurous and perfect for a night out. For approximately Rs 3,563. Details: hugoboss.com
Rocking an ensemble from Tarun Tahiliani, singer Tanvi Shah has a few pointers for the wedding and festive season. Most recently in the news for her song in the Ajith starrer Arrambam, Shah shot to fame with numbers like Boom Boom from Enthiran, Magudi Magudi from Kadal and Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire. Currently busy with movies and shows, she also found the time to speak at a TEDx meet in San Francisco.
Balis from ‘Amethyst’
Hoops and more
These silver gold-plated balis (earrings) from Amethyst are trendy and the leaves at the bottom give it the movement. Pair with a heavy necklace to compete the look. Priced at Rs 16,000 approximately. Details: 45991630
Dipsiee Gold by Steve Madden
High heel confidential
Indulge in this desirable Dipsiee Gold from Steve Madden. This dreamy pump is wrapped in beige fabric and embellished with sparkling stones. They go well with a short cocktail dress as well as a grand sari. Priced at Rs 8,999, the pumps are available at the store in Phoenix Market City. Details: 30083579
Star Classique Automatic Red Gold Watch (Montblanc)
How about the Star Classique Automatic Red Gold watch from Mont-blanc? Inevitably a classic, it will go well with formals. Priced at Rs 6,45,000. Available at the boutique in Sheraton Park Hotel. Details: 24993650
An elegant white bloom on the bun.
When it comes to her hair-do, Shah likes to keep it simple. An elegant white bloom on a bun works. For those who do not like jasmine, the clip makes do. Priced at Rs 298, available at the Ayesha Store in Phoenix Market City. Details: 30083007
The silk weave
Besides the ghagra, Shah also prefers a Kanchipuram silk for auspicious occasions. A traditional red sari from Nalli Silks is just the thing with intricate detailing and some modern shine. Available at the store in T Nagar, from Rs 41,000. Details: 24984262
A Kundan set from Devraj Nensee Jewellers.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and Shah’s had her eye on this diamond necklace, a traditional Kundan set from Devraj Nensee Jewellers. Pair it with a deep neck blouse for maximum effect. Priced from Rs 7 lakh onwards. At the store on Chamiers Road. Details: 24348771
The Ruby and Pearl nose ring from Amrapali.
Ring a ruby
Shah loves nose rings. This ruby and pearl affair from Amrapali is regal and traditional. Other celebs like Sonam Kapoor, Vidya Balan and Madhuri Dixit made the nose ring hip this year. Priced from Rs 50,000 onwards, available at the store in Bangalore. Details: 08750428685
Eye shadow from Mac-Riri
Shah is known for her understated make-up. Her pick is the Mac RiRi collection. As part of the fall line, the eye shadow is soft and smooth with a beautiful colour payoff. Part of the fall line 2013, the smoked cocoa eye shadow is priced at Rs 2,900. Available at the store in Express Avenue. Details: 28464634
Deco Oval from Judith Leiber
A fancy minaudière will not hurt. This Deco Oval from Judith Leiber is modern and sophisticated. Made for the urban girl, it is studded with stones and is priced at Rs 2,24,000, at the store in DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 011 46098269
The movie centres on Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma), the son of a zoo keeper. Residents of Pondicherry, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena and a Bengal tiger. M Night Shyamalan was attached to direct.
Sony Pix, 1 pm
Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem (Action)
When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a ‘looper’—a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)—is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to ‘close the loop,’ sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. Levitt had prosthetics to make him look more like Willis in order to play his younger self.
Mr Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) is the 243-year-old proprietor of a wondrous toy store. He is planning to depart and pass the baton of responsibility to his protege Molley Mahoney (Natalie Portman),
a one-time piano prodigy who has found refuge managing the shop. He hires Henry Weston to adjust the accounts of the Emporium and asks him to move it to her name. But she insists that he stay. Drew Barrymore was originally cast as
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara!,
MAX, 8 pm
Cast: Imran Khan,
Akshay Kumar (Action)
While Paris is seeing pop-art colours and novel flavours like popcorn and salted caramel this season, our patissiers are not far behind. The finger-shaped choux pastry comes in high-gloss versions which taste just as good.
Yet another masterpiece from the renowned kitchens of Mickaël Besse. These meticulously detailed couture éclairs see choux pastry studded with sinful Valrhona chocolate crémeux, available in a host of flavours like Tanariva and ivory with nuts or coffee. Delicately wrapped in a chocolate leaf that is all about the sheen — with edible metallic dust. Minimum pre-order of a dozen at Rs 2,500. Details: 43920444
Raspberry & Bell Pepper@ ITC Grand Chola
An unlikely pairing of raspberries and red bell pepper create a gorgeous deep hued crémeux. The filling against the crunchy pastry case is a textural discovery, setting it apart from the classic éclairs. Perfected by executive pastry chef Guillame Bonnety. Pre-order at Rs 200 per portion. Details: 22200000
Orange & Stem Ginger@ Courtyard by Mariott
Executive chef Sridhar Sigatapu’s favourite creation is an eclair that will keep you flavour guessing till your last bite! Tangy orange rind hobnobs with sweet stem ginger and dark chocolate cream, used as a filling. The topping of candied orange peels make for a pretty picture too. Minimum pre-order of a dozen at Rs 1,250. Details: 66764000
Choux Pastry Swans@ Hyatt Regency
Chefs Anand and Gopi’s handiwork sees elegant swans baked to perfection. The filling, with creamy ricotta cheese, tangy caramelised orange rind and sweet glossy cherries are in a different league. Served with light vanilla cream, fresh raspberries and pistachios. Pre-order at Rs 200 per portion. Details: 61001234
Fresh Fruit@ The Westin
Pastry chef Thangathambi Kannaiah presents an eclair loaded with vanilla pastry cream and topped with fresh fruit. The fruit slices are dusted with icing sugar for extra sheen. Chef Kannaiah informs us that the choux pastry can be done to a crispy finish if desired. Pre-order 12 hours earlier, at Rs 120 plus tax per piece. Details: 22553366
Frozen version@ The Park
With its jumbo size and a crispy buttery profiterole case, chef Santhosh’s exquisite éclair is loaded with frozen homemade icecream stuffing of either custard apple or burnt milk and praline or decadent with Gianduja bitter chocolate. The topping, when slathered with melted white chocolate or roasted hazelnut nibs is a match made in heaven. Pre-order at Rs 1,800 onwards per kilo. Details: 42676000
Rum & Fig@ The Kuki Jar
Popular home baker Kuki Ravindran’s éclair, with a filling of rum soaked figs folded in a thick vanilla bean, almond pastry cream, is guaranteed to win you over from the very first bite. The soft and light filling compliments the crisp choux puff along with its topping of luxurious Belgium chocolate and more figs. Also try her amuse bouche-inspired bite-sized savoury eclair of ham and cheese. A creamy béchamel sauce is spiked with ham, fragrant parsley and gouda cheese to create a thick and gooey filling, perfect as an appetiser. Minimum pre-order of a dozen at Rs 1,400. Details: 9841090592
Caramelised White Chocolate@ Sandy’s
Sandesh Reddy simply sums up the taste as “soft, chewy and epic.” An unusual caramelised white chocolate ganache works wonderfully well along with a surprise infusion of black pepper. Taking a detour, the profiterole isn’t oblong but a cream round puff that ups the hip and fashionable quotient. Minimum pre-order of a dozen at `1,200. Details: 42134000
Tutti-fruity@ Park Hyatt
French pâtissier Fabien Berteau puts his signature spin on these creamy winners. Passion fruit cream crowned with medallions of sweet fig, watermelon, strawberry and kiwi make perfect use of the soft choux, complete with a generous crunch of bitter dark chocolate glaze. Pre-order at Rs 80 a piece. Details: 71771234
Instabeat How cool is a heart rate monitor mounted on your swim goggles with real-time feedback while you swim? The Instabeat mounts on the straps of swim goggles and lets you visualise your heart zone (think red for max performance, green for fitness, blue for fat burning rate). It also measures calories, laps, flips and breathing patterns which can be uploaded and number-crunched for detailed analysis. Pre-order now, ships in December. instabeat.me
Oakley Airwave 1.5 The Airwave comes with a built in HUD (heads-up display), which integrates GPS, Bluetooth and other sensors to tell you how well and far you jumped, your current location, distance travelled, co-skier tracking, music controls and lets you view incoming calls and texts. Connects via Android/iOS apps to smartphones. Ideal for skiing, snowboarding and extreme sports. USD 650*. Oakley.com/airwave
Numetrex Racer Tank Offering seamless heart rate monitoring, the electronic sensing technology is integrated directly into the fabric of the Numetrex. Data can be sent to a heart rate monitor or a PC. Made of quick drying Nylon Lycra, it’s fully compatible with Polar monitors. USD 50*, also available as men’s training shirts. Numetrex.com
Martian Passport watch With a stainless steel case and clasp, accurate analogue Japanese quartz movement and the choice of genuine leather/silicone band, this smartwatch makes a good watch by itself. Add to this Bluetooth 4.0, three axis accelerometer, micro USB, noise cancelling mic for making calls and the ability to view social posts/updates, send and listen to texts and take pictures using your smartphone, remotely. Good deal for USD 300*, we think. martianwatches.com
Sensoria sock/anklet Sensoria socks come with textile sensors and an electronic Bluetooth anklet that tracks steps, calories, speed, altitude and goes one step further to monitor your cadence, foot landing technique and distribution of weight on your feet while walking/running. An accompanying app identifies your running style and gait and helps you achieve your goals while improving your stride. Available for pre-order. Launching in March 2014. sensoriafitness.com
Re-Timer Designed by sleep scientists, the re-timer will help you sleep better at night, feel more energetic during the day and regulate your natural sleep cycle. Worn just like a pair of glasses, 30 to 50 mins of use a day allows exposure to 100 per cent UV-free green light tested for ocular safety standards. Within four days of use as prescribed by the Re-timer, your daily sleep quality will dramatically improve. re-timer.com
Beddit tracker Beddit is a sleep tracker with a difference. You actually place it under the sheets and it tracks your sleep patterns, heart rate, snoring, breathing, movements and surroundings, accurately. Wake up and connect to the app and it displays the quality and quantity of your sleep and how to improve it. Beddit is based on ballistocardiography (BCG). USD 100*. beddit.com
Lumoback This wearable sensor intimates you every time you slouch, lean too forward or back, or shift your weight too much to one side via a gentle vibration to constantly monitor and improve your posture. It comes with an iOS app that keeps track of your stats such as sit time, stand time, sleep time and steps. The sensor can be worn under your clothes discreetly. The goal is to get your pelvis in a neutral position which is the key to good posture. USD 150*. Lumoback.com
Space drive “I guess if you had to have a big bucket list, then flying into space would be high up on mine. It would be fantastic to go on the Virgin Galactic space mission. It allows you to experience zero gravity and look down at earth from above,” says the excited racer. Tickets are priced at Rs 1,53,90,297 approx, scheduled to begin next year. Details: virgingalactic.com
“The Tag Heuer Monaco 24 is the iconic watch that Steve McQueen chose to wear in the film Le Mans. It is an amazing timepiece that I would love to have,” shares Chandhok, who admits to a weakness for watches. With the appealing square case design of a classic Monaco, it (Calibre 12 Automatic chronograph) has a sapphire crystal caseback. At Rs 3,33,000. Details: 43114312
“I’ve averaged between 80 and 120 flights a year and spend a lot of time watching TV shows or movies on my iPad. The Sennheiser HD800 headphones are certainly the top of the range for ‘must have’ headphones,”he says. With a super comfy over-the-ear design and top-notch engineering, this piece means business. At Rs 82,999. Details: flipkart.com
“I do like to cook dinner as often as I can. Nothing irritates me more than not having knives that are sharp enough to chop my meat and vegetables and the Wusthof ones are fantastic for that,” he shares. The Gourmet 14-piece set from the German brand, includes a straight edge paring knife, utility knife, bread knife and has been laser tested for cutting angle consistency. At Rs 20,633. Details: overstock.com
“I have to say the Traxxas XO-1, which is the world’s fastest RC Car, would be a superb toy to have. My uncle in Chennai is a huge RC car fan but I would conclusively thrash him in a race with this,” says our happy globetrotter. Need proof? This radio controlled car covers 0-100 in 4.92 seconds and its top speed crosses 100 mph. At Rs 40,044 (approx). Details: amazon.com
“In 2010, when I raced in the Monaco Grand Prix, we stayed at the Monte Carlo Bay hotel. Since I was basically working all weekend, I didn’t get a chance to really enjoy it. I would love to go back there for a week in summer when the water’s nice and warm,” he shares. The hotel is said to be one of the finest luxury hotels Monaco has to offer with, ten-acre gardens and uninterrupted sea views. At Rs 20,520 per night. Details: montecarlobay.com
“I’m actually too lazy to shave most days but I think having a retro shaving set like the Merkur Vision Chrome set would be very cool,” says the racer. It comes with a Vision razor, a matching silvertip badger brush, and a mixing bowl resting in a chrome-finished stand. At Rs 23,174 (approx). Details: royalshave.com
Chandhok points to Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2’s improbable combination of ride quality, stiffness and handling.“I’m a huge cycling fan and I’d love to have the Pinarello Dogma bike that Chris Froome rode to victory in the Tour de France this year. It’s an amazing piece of carbon fibre engineering that anyone into cycling would want.” Priced at Rs 9,40,035 (approx). Details: competitivecyclist.com
Chandhok gives Canali a thumbs up, “I’m not very fussy when it comes to clothing. But I have to say a nice Canali suit won’t be something, I would pass up on.” Canali’s A/W’13 collection is classic Victorian and comes in rich earth tones with luxurious velvets and plush furs. From Rs 1 lakh onwards. The pocket square is priced at Rs 6,000. At the store in Bergamo. Details:42050956
“Tag Heuer have a new range of leather bags this year and I’ve actually just ordered some because they are seriously cool,” he exclaims. Rs 13,500 onwards. These 70s motorsports-inspired travel bags come in calf leather. At the boutiques in Phoenix Market City and Bergamo. Details: 43114312
The young minds behind recent ventures like Peaches, Lloyd’s Tea House and Dessert Safari are proof that Chennai is in for a fresh new wave of ideas. While chatting with the youngsters behind some of the city’s most successful restaurants, we find that many of them have switched careers to pursue their passion. These five restaurateurs tell us why there’s no business like the food business.
The Mad Chef
Chef Koushik Shankar
Chef Koushik Shankar’s premier venture, Eatitude Gourmet Technologists, is the company to head to for those looking to realise your food dream.
At 37, Shankar aka The Mad Chef, has consulted for restaurants like Dewberry’s, Simply South and Peaches as well as for institutional catering at IIT Madras. He provides solutions in concept, menu, material, marketing and management. “Through the company, I am able to encourage young entrepreneurs to set foot and create a successful venture in this recession-proof industry,” shares the chef. Details: eatitude.com, email@example.com
Rohit Zachariah, Mash
It might come as a surprise to some that Mash in Besant Nagar was actually an unexpected success.
The next rage: International chains, especially with our large expat community and new malls
Food destination: Goa — for the amazing seafood and mix of cuisines
Recommendations: Pork spare ribs at Dynasty, ice cream at Amadora, grilled basa at The Curry Club
“We were hardly out of college when we started Mash in 2007,” says Rohit Zachariah, one of the three cousins behind the restaurant. “The idea was actually to start something for ourselves — that’s why Mash is a fusion of all our favourites,” he laughs. In 2011, they opened Mash The Grill House in Nungambakkam, which was not a branch, but an extension of the original, and early this year, they replaced The Grill House with a multi cuisine restaurant — The Curry Club. Why, we hear you ask. “Mash and The Grill House were two different concepts, but confusion arose because they shared the same name. Besides, Nungambakkam has a large corporate crowd and providing a multi cuisine option made sense,” explains Zachariah, 31, who plans to open a branch of Mash next year. “Though not immediately, we’re also looking at franchising Mash in the future,” he adds. Should we expect anything else from him? “I’m looking at a concept that takes expensive dishes and offers them at lower prices, by cutting down on overheads. But that’s still in planning,” he offers.
The Cupcake Co
From left: Arnav Bajoria, Shitija Nahata, Sandesh Reddy and Rohit Zachariah
A marketing professional by qualification, Shitija Nahata, 27, turned to baking only after marriage. “I started baking when I was 17,” says Nahata.
Food in Chennai: The city has set very high standards of food
The next rage: Cakes for occasions besides birthdays and anniversaries. Also, desserts in jars have been doing fabulous for the past eight months
Favourites: On The Rocks at Sheraton Park, Golden Dragon at Taj Coromandel and Sandy’s
“Four years ago, the idea of a cupcake store sounded crazy and we had to test the waters for a while. When I came up with the idea, almost everyone but my husband shot it down,” adds the entrepreneur who has extended The Cupcake Company that started in 2011, to Bangalore. Nahata agrees that one learns from experiences. “We started in Anna Nagar last February, but that did not do well. We realised that the location has a lot to do with selling our product,” she shares, adding that ensuring quality is the biggest challenge of owning multiple outlets. “I deal with that by being accessible to my customers. I am the only person who responds to every complaint or query and find it an extremely effective solution,” says Nahata, who hopes to take her brand pan India with a new store at least every two months.
Bhuvanesh Subarayan, Donut House
A lesson well learnt: Not just the location, but the catchment area, parking space and even the traffic play a major role in an outlet’s performance
Next milestone: 50 stores before our fourth anniversary in 2015
Pet peeve: I can’t tolerate employees not following protocol
Recommendations: The North Indian street food at Parry’s Corner, grilled chicken at Sea Shells
In April 2011, business graduate Bhuvanesh Subarayan, 28, opened a store dedicated to doughnuts. Little did he know that two years on, his Donut House would mushroom into seven outlets with an eighth coming up in Hyderabad next month. Subarayan, an entrepreneur first, spends his fair share of time in the kitchen. “I cook decent Indian and fairly good Italian,” smiles the innovator, who plans to expand to Coimbatore and Cochin, among other cities. And what does he feel has worked for his chain? “Keeping the menu strictly vegetarian (their doughnuts are made without egg) worked wonderfully,” says Subarayan, who has his eyes on a quick eat Indian restaurant concept next.
In the pipeline: The Old Madras Baking Company
Pet peeve: I hate finger marks on plates
Food destination: Japan! There’s no mediocrity there — everything is done with commitment and it reflects in the food too
Cooking at home: I have an electric hot plate that we turn on once in four months
Recommendations: Sweet and sour pork at Rangis, natural ice cream at Saravana Bhavan, sushi at Akasaka
Ask him when he realised that restaurants were his calling and restaurateur Sandesh Reddy, 28, quips, “I still don’t know that. I started restaurants because no one would give me a job as a chef.” But after successes like Ox and Tomato, Go Go Ramen and his signature, Sandy’s, we’re certain this self-taught chef would have a sea of offers today. With around eight years of experience behind him, Reddy has had his share of setbacks. “With Maya, I tried giving the market something it was not ready for and that didn’t work out,” he shares, about his 2011 Nellore cuisine venture. Is there a formula that works? “I’m sure there is, but I don’t have it yet. I want to experiment and keep coming up with something new,” says Reddy, who follows the works of chefs like Jerome Chang, Thomas Keller and Eric Ripert. And the best part about owning a chocolate laboratory? “Meeting great people — I’ve met some of my best friends over dessert at Sandy’s — and working with chocolate,” he laughs.
Arnav Bajoria, Soul Kitchen
Pet peeve: Wet floors and
staff who are not in uniform
Your dream: To open a
Recommendations: The beef steak at Kebab Corner on Greams Road, the pani poori stall outside Rangoli Saris in Nungambakkam
Another self taught chef, Arnav Bajoria spent four years in fashion design before he switched to food. “I always wanted to work with food,” says Bajoria, who trained in the kitchens of Courtyard by Marriott and Azurri Bay before setting up Soul Kitchen in 2011. His unique concept allows you to book his kitchen exclusively and Bajoria prepares the meal of your choice himself. The street food lover that he is, Bajoria’s next came this July, in the form of The Kati Roll Shop where he offers “not a snack, but a meal in the form of a roll.” A fan of the work of Anthony Bourdain and Joël Robuchon, Bajoria, 28, believes in maximising flavours with minimal ingredients. And while he does just that at Soul Kitchen (where he spends around 35 hours a week), he leaves the kati roll making to his team of experts. “I believe in a city that eats on its streets. We have some great street food cooks here and not all street food places are unclean or unhygienic. They just need to be promoted well,” he insists.
It’s been a busy week so far, with multiple launches as well as a quick visit from Shah Rukh Khan. As the brand ambassador for Hyundai, SRK was here to roll out their five millionth car. Amidst the chaos that ensued, he got to answer a few questions about his long association with the brand, his entry into politics and his portrayal of South Indians in Chennai Express. He masterfully deflected the questions and joked, “The only party I’ve been invited to is my son’s birthday party.” His speech ended with his own ‘Hyundai version’ of the Lungi dance, which he sang for the crowd.
Saturday gave us our dose of fashion with sibling duo Julia and Sita Mahan launching their Midnight Collection at Evolv. The sisters wanted to design a line that was wearable, stylish and one-of-a-kind. Meanwhile, on Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Suede by Mohammed Anaikar was celebrating its first anniversary. The evening saw Chennai’s popular faces showcasing clothes for both men and women. While the women’s line sees lightweight fabrics and flowy designs, the men’s collection takes a bold step forward with sequin trim, leather and suede. Keeping the festivities going and gearing up for the season ahead, was a special night of indulgence at Courtyard by Marriott’s Wine Dinner. The guests, mostly expats, experienced the artistry of perfect wine pairings. The chefs prepared a luxurious four-course meal, paired with a unique selection of wines that kept everyone in high spirits all night long.
Later in the week, it was more fun, food and culinary magic at the Hyatt Regency with chef Gary Mehigan from Masterchef Australia, courtesy the Australian Trade Commission. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a huge fan of the show and real-life Gary exceeded all our expectations. He gave us a quick demo with succulent Mulwarra lamb on the grill, stressing the importance of a ‘zen like sizzle’, flashing his trademark smile all the while. “I just want to pinch his cheeks,” one of the ladies exclaimed. Post the master class, we got to chat with him and find out more about his co-judges on the show, along with a list of his favourite Indian dishes.