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.

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