One would expect a world renowned chef and restaurateur like Todd English to define luxury based upon the outermost reach of his famous culinary accomplishments. As the saying goes, the world is his oyster, however, the chef's recipe for luxury includes more than just top shelf ingredients.
Gretchen Kelly and I spoke with Chef English at the signing ceremony of the newest of the Dream Hotel's establishments, set to open in 2019 in New Delhi, India, where the chef will extend his partnership with the hotel group. Joined by Mr. Sant Singh Chatwal (Dream Hotel Chairman), Jay Stein, (Dream Hotel Group CEO), Sachiin J. Joshi (Chairman of Viiking Ventures), Rabinder Pal Singh (CFO), and hostess and Bollywood actress, Rashmi Nigam, Mr. English added to his impressive resume of culinary stardom.
After the contract signing, we enjoyed a private moment with the chef, and asked for his definition of luxury. "Luxury is about a feeling rather than a specific value. It's all about experiences." I then concurred, recalling my recent trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Coincidentally, Chef English had studied there, and recalled indulging on "ten cent shrimp and ten cent beers...that was luxury."
In a sea of the finest suits and jewels that could feed many villages, we found it satisfying that Chef Todd English's definition of luxury so encapsulates our own.
- Michael Alpiner
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