DON’T COME DINE WITH ME!

Friday - - Editor’s Letter - Karen Pasquali Jones Editor kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

Left tomy own devices, I could turn most peo­ple off of the idea of a din­ner party – es­pe­cially if I had to cook. Tired from a long day at work, I once handed my guests a Chi­nese take­away menu. I paid for their dishes, so didn’t feel I was any less a do­mes­tic diva than if I’d slaved over an oven all af­ter­noon, but they were less than im­pressed. I thought they were lucky. They es­caped with­out hav­ing to taste my burnt of­fer­ings. An­other time – and I have dined out on this story a lot so for­give me if I’ve told you be­fore – a friend ar­rived for din­ner and I’d for­got­ten to go shop­ping or wash up, so I of­fered him a half-eaten sand­wich on an en­ve­lope. I did trim off the bitemarks fromthe pre­vi­ous owner (my son!) so didn’t think it was in very bad taste.

The truth is, I can’t cook, and don’t want to. It’s ge­netic. My mother suf­fered from the same culi­nary de­fi­ciency and it’s prob­a­bly why I mar­ried an award-win­ning celebrity chef. So I’ve al­ways been ahead of the curve when it comes to host­ing din­ner par­ties – as long as he is there. Eat­ing at my house when my bet­ter half is dish­ing up a de­li­cious five-course menu is only dan­ger­ous for one thing– my waist line.

But Dubai is wak­ing up to the idea that en­ter­tain­ing is a piece of cake if you hire a per­sonal chef. Not only do they serve up a Miche­lin-star-style evening, but you also don’t have to do any­thing­more than choose from what’s on the menu too. Find out more on the rise of the per­sonal chefs on page 26 and dis­cover why din­ing in is the new go­ing out. Un­til next week,

Dubai is WAK­ING UP to the idea that en­ter­tain­ing is a PIECE OF CAKE with a PER­SONAL CHEF. Not only do they serve up a MICHEL IN-starstyle evening, but all you have to do is CHOOSE from what’ s on the MENU

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