CHEF Gaggan Anand : Pursuit of Perfection

By |2018-08-20T08:48:14+00:00May 30th, 2018|Asia, Asian Food, Bangkok, Chefs, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Reported Work, Restaurants, Travel, Travel and Culture, Travel in Asia|

In response to his intention to close Gaggan for good in 2020, Anand insists it’s best to “finish at your peak.” Passionate about the technique and produce of Japan, Anand, and his friend and frequent collaborator, chef Takeshi Fukuyama, plan to establish a 12-seater restaurant, GohGan, in Fukuoka. The idea, he explains, is to split his time between GohGan and Bangkok where his family will remain.

Merida Tasting Guide

By |2018-08-20T06:34:15+00:00February 28th, 2018|Cities, Fine Dining, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Reported Work, Tourism, Travel, Travel and Culture, Travel Guide, What to eat, Where to stay|

The cultural capital of the Yucatán peninsular, Merida is a compact city rich in colonial history with cosmopolitan flair and has the region’s broadest span of  dining options, from market stalls and mobile kiosks to glamourous dining in lavish haciendas. Written for Fine Dining Lovers. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma Live Band The Mayas of [...]

CHEF PROFILE: Dominique Crenn

By |2018-04-30T15:56:37+00:00February 11th, 2018|Chefs, Europe, Featured Articles, Fine Dining, Food, Food & Travel, French, Profile, Reported Work, Travel, Travel in Europe|

Based in U.S since 1988, Dominique Crenn, the only woman in the country with a two-star Michelin restaurant: Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, talks to Ishay Govender-Ypma about her homeland of Brittany, DNA testing and calls out the BS amongst chefs…Written for Woolworths Taste Magazine, September 2017 issue. Dominique Crenn, image supplied I [...]

Kylie Kwong – Australia-on-a-plate

By |2018-02-11T00:38:08+00:00November 29th, 2017|Australia, Australia/Oceania, Chefs, Cities, Featured Articles, Fine Dining, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, People, Reported Work, Restaurants, Travel, Travel and Culture|

Kylie Kwong, seasoned chef and TV celebrity is loved for her Australian-Chinese food and her Australia-on-a-plate approach. We caught up with her recently. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for Fine Dining Lover, 15 June 2017. Sydney-based chef and restaurateur, Kylie Kwong, opened her famed Billy Kwong restaurant in 2000. Since then, she’s appeared regularly on Australian [...]

Jamaican Jerk – a Food Guide Around the Island

By |2018-08-20T09:10:59+00:00October 28th, 2017|Cities, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Jamaica, Recipes, Reported Work, Travel and Culture, Uncategorized|

Jerk – succulent barbequed meat - rubbed in a savoury, spicy paste and turned over fragrant hardwood coals is central to the food culture in Jamaica. Ishay Govender-Ypma takes a big bite...Written for taste magazine, October 2017. Featured in Taste Magazine “I DON’T EAT IT, but I’ll jerk it for the people,” Nikuma Carl smiles. [...]

Bob Marley’s Jamaica

By |2018-04-30T16:07:40+00:00October 11th, 2017|Caribbean, Cities, Featured Articles, Jamaica, Reported Work, Travel, Travel and Culture, Travel Guide, Travel in North America|

Before you head to Jamaica’s Caribbean beaches, immerse yourself in Kingston – the home of Bob Marley’s reggae, rhythm and blues. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for Marie Claire, September 2017 issue. Thirty-six. Both Robert Nesta Marley’s age at death and the number of years that have passed since that fateful day in 1981. For his [...]

Kalsarikännit – A Foreigner’s Tale

By |2017-09-28T13:22:46+00:00August 21st, 2017|Featured Articles, Finland, Portfolio, Reported Work|

Featured in SAA Sawubona Inflight Magazine   Pantless drinking at home – Ishay Govender-Ypma gets to grips with kalsarikännit in Finland. Written for  SAA Sawubona inflight magazine, July 2017.   You’ll remember this. Opening credits roll to Bridget Jones’s Diary. Renee Zellweger’s character sits on the couch in her Christmas PJs, glugging wine, [...]

Perth Tasting Guide

By |2017-08-21T10:08:45+00:00August 21st, 2017|Australia/Oceania, Cities, Featured Articles, Fine Dining, Food, Food & Travel, Reported Work, Restaurants, Travel, What to eat|

Perth, in Australia’s southwest is said to be the most isolated city in the country.  It’s calm and laid back with a young but growing food scene. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) for Fine Dining Lovers, 7 June 2017.   Central Bites,  “What makes Perth so interesting is the access to produce,” says Max Brearly of Offshoot Creative, [...]

Zayaan Khan – Food Activist

By |2018-04-30T14:40:45+00:00August 21st, 2017|Africa, Cape Town, Featured Articles, Food, Food Culture, Profile, Reported Work, South Africa|

Food activist, seed librarian and community-driven leader, Zayaan Khan is changing the foodscape from the ground up. Written for Kululu's inflight magazine, Khuluma, 21 June 2017 Featured in Kulula's inflight magazine, Khuluma.  Food As Sustenance, Knowledge, Life “Try this,” Capetonian Zayaan Khan (32) says, a headscarf draped loosely bandana-style over her cropped bob. [...]

Aboriginal Cooks on Bush Tucker

By |2017-08-21T09:49:13+00:00August 21st, 2017|Australia/Oceania, Cities, Featured Articles, Fine Dining, Food & Travel, Reported Work, Restaurants, Tourism, Travel, Travel and Culture, Travel in Australia/Oceania, What to eat|

Aboriginal cooks and chefs weigh in on the native ingredients made popular by famous restaurants in Australia. Written for Fine Dining Lovers, 1 June 2017.   Rayleen Brown A Café Up North At Kungas Can Cook, a café in Alice Springs serving food like burgers, salads, ice teas, pies and brownies, Aboriginal owner [...]