Roman St Clair
Roman moved to Beirut after a quick google image search. A scholar and a gentleman, he follows the principles of stoic Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who dedicated his life to the challenging art of ‘turning your obstacles upside down.’ He believes all writers should be like the male codfish, in the devotion to their offspring, real or literary, loving all equally but preferring that they become at least one component of fish ‘n chips, best served on yesterday’s newspaper. For Bespoke, Finley writes about Ferran Adria’s legacy in cuisine. Unlike the gold miners of the 1800s, John left his native California as a young man and remains on a journey East with stops in New York, London, Rome and now Abu Dhabi. For CNN, he scours emerging markets for personalities that reflect today’s growth. At home, he dotes on his daughters, his Roman wife and cooks up dishes for the ‘Best of the Mediterranean’ supper club he co-founded. Here, he sits with former Finance Minister of Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-iweala, to discuss the country’s looming challenges. From her small hometown in Ontario to Montreal, Victoria’s path also lead her to Bahrain and Jordan before she decided to settle in Paris. Perhaps it was all this movement that developed her emerging fascination with mechanical watches and the people behind them. Her favourite past-time is walking through the streets of Paris, which controls the otherwise devastating effects of her indulgences in French culinary delights. In this issue, Victoria learns more about the fabulous Patek Philippe, when she visits their Geneva factory.