Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Beginning Anew!

Finally, the baby is reborn.

I hardly thought my blog will persevere for over four years now.

Through time, it grew into a more serious portal frequented by professionals and enthusiasts alike.

In response to its continuing growth, The Recipe Bible has moved to a new home.

GO to your new home: The New Recipe Bible

Thursday, May 14, 2009


San Francisco – April 23, 2009: Foodbuzz announced today that is has surpassed 2,000 food bloggers in its online food community. These partner food blog websites, when combined with the “hub” website, reached 6.7 million people per month according to third-party traffic measurement service Quantcast. This ranks Foodbuzz as the third largest online food property after less than two years of operation. (See Quantcast Media Planner.)

“Our goal is to be the number one online food community by promoting the talent, enthusiasm and knowledge of food bloggers around the globe,” said Ben Dehan, founder and CEO of Foodbuzz. Of the top three properties, Foodbuzz is the only true community that combines social networking for foodies with food content search for everyone. “Both our monthly users and page views grew over 1000% in 2008, and we are on pace to reach the number one spot within the next 12 months”, said Mr. Dehan.

Foodbuzz digs deep into the “long tail” of food publishing to discover and promote thousands of small, yet high-quality, food bloggers. “We are providing a platform for food bloggers to pursue their passion in a community that nurtures and encourages the sharing of quality food and dining content daily,” said Ryan Stern, Director of Publishing. Foodbuzz offers these bloggers a compelling solution for building their traffic, connecting with like-minded foodies, and making money. Foodbuzz has exclusive advertising relationships with partner bloggers which provide brand advertisers the reach and share-of-voice they need to effectively engage the food community.

About Foodbuzz
Based in San Francisco, Foodbuzz is a global online food community of over 2,000 food bloggers connected by the “hub” website. In the past month, this community reached 6.7 million people and 33 million impressions according to Quantcast. provides a full suite of social networking features enabling foodies to interact and share their food experiences. With over 900,000 high-quality food blog posts in its searchable database, is an essential resource for everyone interested in exploring the world of food. Foodbuzz is a 2009 Webby Awards Honoree!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Maldivian Delights

Kuredu and Komandoo Island Resorts have provided a unique opportunity to be hands-on while having the luxury of time to develop or test recipes. With the slow-paced and laid-back lifestyle, it has become easy to take the pastry team to the next level. There are no banquets in these resorts. The focus is on buffet and ala carte restaurants. Easy job!

I went back to basics knowing that we are literally feeding up to 800 guests at any given meal period. Basic meaning desserts that guests have always loved in their childhood. A simple cheesecake, banofi pie or chocolate cake is enough as long as it is done extremely well.

In as little as a week I have slowly won the nod of the management of what i can bring to the table. So far, they were all happy with my creations.

Anyhow, it still remains a big mystery to me how many of us, chefs, seem to miss the raison d’etre of any food preparation: TASTE.

I reckon we must be too consumed with trying to keep up with the modern world getting wacky with the menu. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with mixing the old and new, one must know what he is doing. Does the end result create that feeling of excitement and satiation? I believe we must have gone misled with the idea of modern vis-a-vis tasteful desserts. After all, most of the revolutionary ideas end up as a fad. People will always look for that kind of taste that is nothing but real and good.

Below are some of the items I have developed for Kuredu Island Resort.