EXECUTIVE CHEF TOBIAS GENSHEIMER, BORN IN WIESBADEN, GERMANY, IS WELL ON HIS WAY TOWARDS THE PEAK OF GASTRONOMIC EXCELLENCE. CHEF TOBIAS HAS HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF COOKING FOR THAI ROYALTY, SEVERAL PRESIDENTS AND SPORTS STARS-NOW HE’ S COOKING FOR THE CBQM 2017 !
Do you remember the first dish you ever cooked – tell us more about what sparked your interest in food?#
I grew up in the countryside and recall my parents growing fruits and vegetables right in
our garden. My family used to harvest fruits and vegetables for their own consumption and preserve them for the winter time. Cooking homemade jams, compotes, pickles and soups
was always part of my life since I was a child and that was what sparked my interest in food.
You’ve worked alongside some of the world’s most renowned chefs, do you feel like you’ve learned your fair share of culinary tips and tricks?
I have had the great pleasure in working along a lot of world renowned chefs and I have always considered it a blessing and a great opportunity to learn new skills and techniques. their attention to detail, precision and delivery of top quality dishes consistently each and every day is just remarkable. It is something I aim to recreate in my own kitchen day in and day out.
What keeps you excited about being in the food industry?
My passion for food keeps me motivated and on the lookout for new trends, ideas and creations. Cooking is not only my job it is my hobby, my life. I also feel that cooking and being able to share your creations with a lot of individuals makes me feel like I have been part of their lives, even if for a short timeframe. People come together over food to celebrate milestones, special occasions and catching up with loved ones. It is a privilege to be contributing to such a memorable part of their experience on a daily basis.
Tell us more about your involvement in the 2017# Commercial Bank Qatar Masters – what can we expect from the dishes you’re preparing?
I am thrilled to be taking part in the live cooking session in hospitality with the support of my Executive Sous Chef Hiroaki and the InterContinental Doha, Executive Chef Talal Aridi at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters for the !rst time, and its 20th edition no less. We are going to introduce a new style of modern European cuisine to Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, where the fusion of flavour between Japanese and French cuisines come together to mesmerize your senses.
What are you most looking forward to at the event – have you visited Qatar before?
I am looking forward to visiting Qatar for the first time but most importantly be a part of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters where I will get the chance to meet some of the world’s best golfers. I don’t exactly get that opportunity often so I am excited about that. I also can’t wait to taste the local cuisine and experience the culture of Qatari and its people.
What’s your guilty pleasure food?
My guilty pleasure is traditional food from where I come from Wiesbaden Germany. Whenever I am feeling under the weather I cook myself a traditional comforting German meal from my area which is usually quite heavy, salty and fat but super yummy!
You’ve cooked for royalty and celebrities, how do you handle the pressure and do you get star struck?
I love it! Pressure in my role is normal and I am already used to it. I usually feel a little anxious before a big event or ahead of cooking a big meal which helps me in giving it my all so I am used to it and I’ve grown to enjoy that part of the process as well. I have had the privilege of cooking for Thai royalty, several presidents and sports stars such as Pele, Maradona, Yao Ming and Roger Federer. So I would say I am very lucky on that front.
Do you have a food philosophy that you swear by – what is it?
Over the years of traveling and studying food closely I developed a style of modern European cuisine I call “comfort fine dining”, which is about using top quality ingredients and using di”erent cooking methods to create mouth-watering dishes that celebrate their natural flavours. We are going to introduce a new style of modern European cuisine to Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, where the fusion of flavour between Japanese and French cuisines come together to mesmerize your senses. So come join us at the exclusive Commercial Bank Qatar Masters’ Winner’s Enclosure and dine with us with a view of the stunning 18th green at the Doha Golf Club throughout the four days of the prestigious European Tour event.
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