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There are so many current food trends – and that fount of all foodie knowledge Naim Maddad says look local, and when it comes to industry favour food courts. Lots of different tastes close to each other.

Girlahead, who is mere amateur compared with Mr Marvellous Maddad, would add three more trends. One is the expansion of sharing plates. Another is the growth of eating raw. See Kevin’s superb crudo plate above, at a lunch outside on the Summer House deck at SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY. Raw, be it crudo, sashimi or sushi, is invariably fish, but the other night, somewhere or other in Dubai, a mixed crudo plate included wagyu. That brings the conversation on to steak tartare, and a global favourite remains the best-seller at Café de Paris in INTERCONTINENTAL LE GRAND PARIS.

Yes Girlahead loves raw, or near it. A steak or beef roast cannot be too rare, though perhaps the supposed African penchant for cutting a hunk of meat off a standing animal and slapping mud on the wound is going too far. Of course there are also dining experiences which are, well, tradition, and none the worse for that.

Take Café Carlyle at Rosewood’s THE CARLYLE in New York. Michael Feinstein, who has a long relation with the hotel, will once again be entertaining 19-31 December.  The 67-year popular songster hails from Columbus OH and he is thought to have made $50 million from opening his mouth and uttering dulcet tones.  He’ll be doing that on his final night.  He will be star attraction of the hotel’s New Year’s Eve gala, which comes with a welcome glass of Champagne, dancing and a four-course banquet. To be honest, the food will probably not have any raw and it is undoubtedly not to be eaten with the fingers – Emily  Post would have a fit – but you can be sure everyone will have a ball.