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Issue 42 - FullofEasternpromise

Whisky Magazine Issue 42
September 2004

 

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Ournewfoodandwhiskyserieswilllookatrestaurantsandchefswhocookwithwhiskyorserveitasanaccompanimenttofood.Thisissue,ChristineManfield(above)andEast@West,London

WhenGlenfiddichapproachedtopAustralianchefChristineManfieldinSydneysomeyearsbackandaskedhertomatchsomeofherrecipeswithitswhisky,shewassplitbetweentwoveryconflictingemotions.

“AtfirstIinstinctivelythoughtofturningthemdownflatbecauseIjustdidn'tworkwithbrownspirits,”shesayswithamischievousgrin.“Butanotherpartofmecan'tresistachallengeandIwasintriguedbytheidea.”

Thankfullyforfoodandwhiskyloverseverywhere,curiositywonoutandsheagreedtoseewhatshecouldcomeupwith.

Shehasn'tlookedbacksince,andsosuccessfulwereherfoodandwhiskypairingsthattheyhavebecomeanintegralpartofhercreationseversince.

TheassociationbetweenwhiskyandfoodisonecomponentofasuccessstorythathasseenherrisetothestatusofinternationallyacclaimedrestaurateurandthebrainsbehindEast@West,whichopenedlastyearinSoho,London.

ChristinelearnthertradeinSydney,oneofthemoststimulatinganddynamicrestaurantscenesintheworld,andafterworkinginsomeofthebestvenues,sheopenedtheParamountRestauranttherein1993withpartnerMargieHarris.

ItwastherethatshebuiltherinternationalreputationandperfectedherstyleofmodernAsiandishes.ForhertheAsianassociationisanaturalone.

“AustraliaisanAsiancountry,”shesays.

“Asiaisonourdoorstepandwehaveaccesstothebestproductsthere.It'seasyforustoreach.AndAustraliahasbigAsiancommunities.Thelinkmakestotalsense.”

ChristineleftAustraliaforthreeyearsoftravellingtheworld,butsettledinLondonlastyear.HerrestaurantopenedtomassivecriticalacclaimandisatargetdestinationforloversoftheverybestinAsiancuisine.

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