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Arnie Hira & Jordana Lynch, founder and CEO of Simply
Abu Dhabi, threw open the doors to their penthouse flat
to a small group of his closest friends to showcase the
talents of his good friend and critically acclaimed Chef
Paul Day.
The three-hour bash in Alderley Edge -Cheshire, saw
Arnie sitting down with Manchester United and England
stars Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown, good friend and
Manchester United defender John O’Shea and Mike
Batchelor, who at the time was a senior Director at
Klienwort Benson private bank in London.
Arnie said: “Getting Paul Day involved was a massive
coup and I thought showcasing his cooking to a select
group of close friends was a great idea for letting people
know what they can expect from Paul when he open his
own. “Paul is one of the best chefs in the world; he spent
three years at Nobu on Park Lane in London and his
cooking is exceptional.”
The stunning meal enjoyed by Arnie and his pals saw
them trying a mixed menu of top-quality pan- Asian food
starting with Salmon Sashimi with Ginger and Yuzo Soy.
The lucky diners then moved onto Scallop Ceviche with
Pomello and Honey Popcorn followed by Tuna Tataki
with White Onion and Black Pepper Dressing.
But these dishes were just the beginning of a nine-course
feast that saw the high-society gang enjoying Spicy Beef
and Chicken Yakatori, Chilli Salt Squid with Sweet Chilli
and Black Pepper Baby Back Ribs. This was followed by
Saki steamed Sea Bass, Rare Beef Salad with Thai Herbs
and Red Chilli, and to top it all off Lamb Mussaman
with potatoes and peanuts. What made it unique was the
fact that the meal was prepared by Paul in the kitchen
at Arnie’s flat - a far cry from the top-level commercial
kitchen galleys the highly rated chef is used to. Paul said:
“Arnie’s flat is open plan so I was cooking and talking with
the guests at the same time. We all got on really well and
everyone had a good time. There was a lot of banter while
the food was being cooked and served, and they loved it.”
Arnie said:
“The lads just couldn’t believe the food that was
coming out of our kitchen. I mean we have thrown a few
dinner parties in our time but this was something else. If this
is what Paul can do in my tiny kitchen, imagine what it’s
going tobe like when he opens his own restaurant.”
The night ended with the guests going out in to a small
village called Hale which is another suburb in leafy
Cheshire in the UK.