Despite the obvious pitfalls of her profession as a ‘critic,’ Rashmi Uday Singh is as well-loved by the country’s foodies as it is perhaps possible to be. No wonder then that when Rashmi was recently conferred with the prestigious title of ‘Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et Lettres’ by the French government, so many people made it a point to raise a toast in her honour.
Award-winning Welsh Indian Chef Stephen Gomes threw open the doors of Chemistry 101 — Mumbai’s newest mid-town gastro-bar — several days before its intended opening. Bulthaup’s MD for India, Niva Von Weisl, played co-host and Rashmi’s impressive roster of friends attended in droves. From Nadir and Rati Godrej, Chhaya Momaya, Kim Sharma, Kunal Vijayakar and Nawaz Modi Singhania to Shom Hinduja and brother-in-law Raman Macker, the city’s beautiful people stepped out to congratulate the newly-minted ‘Chevalier’ with genuine warmth.
While on the subject of genuine warmth, it seems pertinent to note Rashmi’s return gesture of thanks. As Mumbai’s swish set rubbed shoulders, a gentleman in a safari suit sat discreetly watching the proceedings. If it hadn’t been for Rashmi’s effort to introduce him to those assembled, we’d never have known this was Chef James Gomes — one of the F&B industry’s former leading lights and father of current-sensation Chef Stephen Gomes. With a respectful note of thanks to both father and son, Rashmi handed Gomes Jr. a gorgeous Ganesha; one we have no doubt the chef will treasure for many years to come. Significant for blessing new beginnings, this idol symbolised so much more — kitted out as it was in adorable chef whites! We simply cannot think of a more befitting or beautiful gift.
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