A taste of Rus­sian spread through the week

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

The Al Bus­tan Palace, a Ritz-Carl­ton Ho­tel is host­ing the Rus­sian Week with a spe­cial guest Chef Alexey Be­likov from in­ter­na­tional restau­rant group Novikov.

A range of culi­nary events have been planned as part of the week that will show­case Rus­sian cui­sine in an in­ter­est­ing way. The events that started on Tues­day will go on till Jan­uary 12.

On Fri­day, the ho­tel will host an un­miss­able Fri­day brunch with a dis­tinc­tively Rus­sian twist amongst the usual spread. To top it off, guests can also join Chef Be­likov on Satur­day for a very spe­cial cook­ing class, as they learn how to pre­pare his sig­na­ture creations.

“There will be three ex­clu­sive din­ners, a cook­ing class with my team and my­self and an un­miss­able Fri­day brunch at the Beach Pav­il­ion Beach Bar and Grill where we will be show­cas­ing mod­ern Rus­sian cui­sine, along­side the usual de­li­cious spread. I am def­i­nitely most ex­cited about the cook­ing class tak­ing place on Satur­day where guests will learn how to pre­pare some of my sig­na­ture dishes.”

A per­fec­tion­ist who al­ways looks for ways to im­prove, Chef Be­likov said, “I al­ways like to in­no­vate and try new dishes I haven’t done in the past. But one thing I can’t imag­ine is cook­ing without spices. I just love the heady aro­mas and the dif­fer­ent mem­o­ries and sen­sa­tions they evoke. Know­ing how to use spices cor­rectly is a re­fined skill and it’s some­thing that can re­ally make or break a dish.”

Eric Me­loche, di­rec­tor of Food & Bev­er­age and Culi­nary at Al Bus­tan Palace ho­tel, said the idea of the con­duct­ing such an event is to give the vis­i­tors a slice of Russia. “We’re ex­cited to be bring­ing Chef Be­likov to our re­sort, who will be trans­port­ing us to Moscow. It is def­i­nitely an un­miss­able op­por­tu­nity for those who al­ready love Rus­sian cui­sine, and those who are just cu­ri­ous.”

As for Chef Be­likov, be­sides Rus­sian cui­sine, he is also in­ter­ested in French cui­sine. “I am in­ter­ested in French cui­sine, and par­tic­u­larly the sauces. It is one of the most revered cuisines in the world, hav­ing been pop­u­larised by roy­alty and aris­toc­racy. Its sim­ple, which ac­tu­ally makes it even harder to per­fect.”

The renowned chef be­lieves there is a culi­nary link be­tween Moscow and Oman, “Both our coun­tries work a lot with seafood and fish prod­ucts. I am ex­cited to learn even more about how Oman uses its seafood prod­ucts while I am here and in­cor­po­rate it in my dishes.”

(Sup­plied pho­tos)

Vis­i­tors can cook with renowned chef Alexey Be­likov on Satur­day

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