AN INTIMATE DINING EXPERIENCE IN THE HEART OF DUBAI…
The Ivy, famous for its classic British grub and its theatre-themed exclusive setting is a firm favourite amongst celebrities and fine food lovers from London to Dubai. With a fresh set of dishes and an exciting new menu, The Digital Dose sat down with newly appointed Head Chef Rosaline Parsk to discuss everything from becoming a chef, Victoria and David Beckham and the newest tastes you need to try…
Why did you become a chef?
I’m from a big family, I’m one of seven children so home life was pretty crazy. Once a week we would go and spend the day with my grandparents and we used to spend our time cooking and I loved it. However, cooking cakes, biscuits and dinner is slightly different to being a chef. At school we had to go on work experience, my mum had a friend that was running a restaurant in London, just off of Piccadilly Circus so I went to spend two weeks there. One week I spent on the floor waitressing and the second week in the kitchen. I just loved it and I just knew this was what I wanted to do. I love the banter in the kitchen and the buzz in service and I just loved being so creative.
What’s the best and most challenging thing about your job?
The best thing is that as a chef you can take an ingredient and do so much with it. To create tasty food that your customers come back time and time again to try. It’s so rewarding when you have a restaurant full of happy guests. The buzz of service is what drives everyone in the team to create perfection. The Challenging part is that the hours are long and you work evenings and weekends — it’s not the most sociable of jobs. Being a chef is a lifestyle, you can’t do it unless you love it!
If you were a customer at The Ivy, what 3 dishes you would choose from the menu?
We have just started a new menu, so I would definitely choose the crab tortellini to start with, and our new lamb dish is spring on a plate! It’s Lamb loin from Ireland with morels, peas and broad beans and a braised shoulder of lamb croquettes. Then, of course, the chocolate bombe is an Ivy classic that is a must-have for chocolate lovers like me.
If you could throw a dinner party and cook for anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be and why?
This is a hard one! I love celebrity culture and there are so many to choose from but I think I would have to say, David & Victoria Beckham. I really would love to see what they are really like. Both being so successful with Victoria in fashion and of course being part of the spice girls and David a world class footballer.
“The Ivy is a well-established brand and the best place in Dubai to get some good British food”
What’s the one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring chef?
To move around a lot when you are a young chef and observe and take in as much as you can. I used to do stages, which is an unpaid internship for a cook or chef to work briefly (for free) in another chef’s kitchen to learn and be exposed to new techniques and cuisines. When you do stages you are normally at the back of the kitchen peeling asparagus or set a job that no one else wants to do but whilst your there you can go around and see different ways of doing things and cooking things. That’s the best way to learn.
The Ivy Dubai is located at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai.
Saturday to Wednesday 12pm to 12am | Thursday and Friday 12pm to 1am
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