On this Easter Sunday, the gal applauds luxury hotels that look outside their comfort zone to be part of the outside world. Take Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, for instance. There, the Mandarin Grill’s creative chef Robin Zavou includes dishes that are inspired by the eclectic art of Konstatin Bessmertny – see East Meets West, Peace & Love, above. The artist’s painting French Connection (brass crab with baguettes) inspired Zavou’s Alaskan crab prepared as a croque monsieur, namely a brioche with Alaskan crab, and lobster head mayonnaise.
Similarly, a steamed bun starter filled with lobster and red prawn, with a chili bean sauce, was inspired by Bessmertny’s Last Dumpling, right – this is also the title, The Last Dumpling, of a cookbook the artist co-authored with Swede Kristoffer Luczak, former chef of Raffles Singapore who is now EVP F&B Wynn Macau, Wynn Palace. Konstantin Bessmertny, 56, was born in Blagoveshchensk, and he relocated from Russia to Macau in 1992. Oh how clever of Mandarin Oriental’s luxury Hong Kong hotel to be so original in this unique art tie-up.