Guests at the 2016 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters will be treated to an unforgettable culinary experience with award-winning Michelin Starred Chef, Theo Randall, hosting the events high-end hospitality offering, alongside a team from the Intercontinental Doha. Fact caught up with the culinary star ahead of the event in late January…
Hi Theo! What’s your earliest memory of food as a child?
My earliest memories in the kitchen were helping my mother bake. She is a great cook and I would always help her make bread. My mother’s fresh bread from the oven with butter on top is one of my favourite things. I was very lucky as I grew up with great food, so it’s not that surprising I became a chef.
Your favourite places to eat in the world are all in Italy – what exactly is it about Italian cuisine that appeals to you?
I love Italian food because it’s so varied but always relies on great ingredients. All the recipes make the most of an ingredient without over complicating it.
Define your style of cooking…
I would say my style of cooking is seasonal Italian-inspired food that uses the best quality ingredients and is served in a relaxed unpretentious way.
Tell us more about your involvement in the 2016 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters –
what can we expect from the menu?
I will be hosting and preparing the food during a live cooking session in the Winner’s Enclosure hospitality at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2016. My signature dishes will be served in both the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters’ Winner’s Enclosure and at the Albatross View hospitality pavilions. As for the menu there will be a few classic dishes from my menu in London and also a few dishes that we are creating for this very prestigious event. The food will be using top quality ingredients and it will
be beautifully presented.
What are you most looking forward to about the event and do you anticipate facing any challenges?
I love golf so I am looking forward to getting a few tips on my grip and swing. Outside catering always has challenges but I feel confident as I will be working with a great team from the InterContinental Doha.
What matters more – taste or presentation?
For me it is both but taste is first.
What inspires you to keep cooking after so many years in the industry?
I love to cook and, for me, seeing my team grow and develop is very inspiring. I get so much enjoyment from being in the kitchen. I feel very fortunate that I love what I do and always will.
What’s your guilty food pleasure?
Chocolate. I love 70% dark chocolate.
What’s the perfect day off like in the life of Theo Randall?
A long walk on Hampstead Heath with my children and our two Labradors, followed by brunch at our favourite cafe. The rest of the day would involve food shopping and cooking for a big dinner with all the
family, then watching a good film.
Go: Commerical Bank Qatar Masters 2016 takes place from January 27 to 30. For those looking for an extra-special experience with the best views of Doha Golf Clubs championship course and an exclusive culinary experience created by Theo Randall, hospitality packages are available to purchase now a www.qatar-masters.com/hospitality.php.