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Chef Khalid anxious to work on John Walker luxury yacht

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Chef Khalid Mohammed poses with Diageo regional ambassador Arturo Savage at Chaud Restaurant last week. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER

Johnnie Walker Blue scented Wild Mushroom Soup and Johnnie Walker Blue Chocolate Delice are just two of the scotch-infused dishes that top local chef Khalid Mohammed will serve today to discerning guests on the luxury yacht, The John Walker & Sons Voyager. 


The Voyager, which made an appearance in the last James Bond movie Skyfall, is docked at Pier 1, Chaguaramas. It is in Trinidad as part of a world tour that included stops in Asia and Europe. The visit has been organised by global drinks giant Diageo and its local agents Brydens. Between today and tomorrow, there will be three gala events at which the luxury brands in the Johnnie Walker range of scotch whisky will be highlighted. 


Mohammed, the chef patron at Chaud restaurant in Port-of-Spain, is no stranger to glamorous events and has been featured on cooking programmes in the US and the UK. He is nonetheless quite excited about the opportunity to be a part of this prestigious occasion. 


“I feel privileged that Brydens chose me,” Mohammed said in an interview at his restaurant. 


“It’s really an honour that Johnnie Walker wanted me to be their local chef. I rate this occasion quite highly. 


Mohammed pointed out some of the challenges he faces, like a small galley kitchen and having to use two kitchens which are far apart. A known perfectionist, Mohammed’s main concern is keeping the food at optimal temperature, but he’s not fazed.


“The pressure is on to get it right. And I plan to deliver a great mix of dishes.”


Asked if he’s going to focus on local produce, he said he intends to use the best local produce where possible. 


One of the highlights of the Voyager’s visit is the launch of John Walker and Sons Odyssey, a new triple malt whisky. The Odyssey is a limited edition Scotch and only 50 bottles will be available in T&T. Whisky lovers who want to capture a bottle of Odyssey will have to shell out US$1,000 or $6,400 vat inclusive. 


Diageo’s global ambassador Glaswegian Tom Jones is also here to speak about the whiskies in the Johnnie Walker range. He should feel right at home in Trinidad as he told the T&T Guardian in a recent interview that he enjoys his Scotch best with coconut water, clearly something a lot of Trinis can relate to.


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