Features - Insight

Five minutes with Sonja Park

Born in Seoul, educated in Vienna, and now living in Doha, Sonja Park has had an eventful life as a pianist. She encourages others to learn music through her initiative, Moving Young Artists (MYA).

fine food - Hélène Darroze

French-born Hélène Darroze is currently Head Chef at Hélène Darroze in Paris, France, and Hélène Darroze at the Connaught in London, UK.

Articles - Insight

What’s in my travel bag: Richard Johnson

Talking travel with Richard Johnson, the new Global Ambassador for Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha.

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More than macarons – Ladurée’s past, present and future

One of the founding French tearooms in revolutionary France, and now famed for its iconic macaron and other legendary delights. Greg Sunning talks to the man behind Ladurée, chairman David Holder.

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Five minutes with Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari

Qatari rally driver Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari recently wrapped up an intensive year of competition, taking part in both the World Rally Championship and Middle East Rally Championship calendars. With his father and grandfather rally drivers before him, the need for speed was always in his blood.

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fine food - Peter Gilmore

Peter Gilmore describes his cuisine as “food inspired by nature” and is renowned for beautifully structured food with innate simplicity.

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What’s in my travel bag: Mohamed Abu Issa

Riding 900km on a quad bike across varied terrain may not sound like the most comfortable way to spend a day, but Mohamed Abu Issa makes a living from it. One of the most famous races he enters, the Dakar Rally, has stages of this distance, and in 2014 Mohamed became the first Qatari ever to complete it riding a quad. He is currently preparing for the next Dakar race in January.

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Designer chocolate

When an inventor father went into business with his artistically minded daughter, a unique way of making and presenting chocolate resulted. Greg Sunning talks to Choc on Choc co-founder Flo Broughton about their intelligent chocolates now in demand around the world.

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Five minutes with James Williams

Oryx speaks to James Williams, the host of CNN International’s new travel show, In 24 Hours, which descends on a vibrant city each month to experience a perfect day’s downtime.

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What’s in my travel bag: Gerald Tan

Gerald Tan is one of Doha’s most prominent food bloggers (boulangerry.com). With a background in TV journalism, he is originally from Malaysia, and worked in Kuala Lumpur and Washington DC before moving to Qatar in 2011 for a job at Al Jazeera English. He is currently working on a show for the station that will examine the culture of a city through its food.

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fine food - Jograj Dhaniram

Before joining Chingari at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha, head chef Jograj Dhaniram undertook intensive training for two years in different five-star hotels in Mumbai. This was followed by an opportunity to lead the kitchen team as the Head Chef of a fine dining restaurant. A few years later he joined the then Ramada Plaza – now Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha – which has been his ‘home’ for the past 19 years, as the Head Chef at Indian restaurant Chingari.

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