Russia, Moscow’s Restaurants

Moscow’s exploding restaurant scene – 2005 This week sees the opening of Turandot, the most extraordinary restaurant I have ever seen anywhere and one for which figures paint only a limited picture of what has taken place and what still lies in store. Over $50 million dollars has been spent on the project which began as an idea in the restaurateur’s mind six and a half years ago. Over 450 men and women have been working simultaneously on the site, including more than 100 talented young artists to fully decorate…






Russia, Moscow’s growth

Catering for Moscow’s rapid growth – 2005 The restaurant market in Moscow is phenomenal. Any keen restaurant-goer who has visited the rapidly-developing Russian capital recently will undoubtedly be impressed by the quantity, choice and design of its restaurants. But this very specific opinion comes from a 41 year old Frenchman, Guillaume Rochette, who has spent the past five years finding the best chefs and managers from around the world to work in Moscow and the past two years acting as a ‘concept finder’ to enable Russian restaurateurs to open their…






Latvia, Riga

Riga – 2003 A month ago I judged on a stage in a new hall in Riga, Latvia, on which millions of eyes, ears, cameras and microphones would soon be focused for the Eurovision Song Contest. The music was almost as loud – it seems to be a prerequisite wherever food is served in Riga – and there were television cameras, but the audience was much, much smaller as I and three professional chefs (two Russian and one English) judged the first professional culinary competition between the now independent states…