10 questions for... Jamie Robertson
Edinburgh-native Jamie Robertson has been a professional chef for more than a decade now. His culinary journey began in his hometown establishment of The Living Room in 2003 and progressed through to Alma De Cuba before moving to Dubai to help set up Jamie’s Italian. He has been with Gaucho since July 2012, first as head chef now executive chef for the Middle East and Asia.
How long have you been in Dubai… and, in ten words or less, how would you sum up your time here?
It’s been four-and-a-half years now. Overall it’s been exciting, challenging, nerve wracking and eye opening.
(Other than your own) what’s your favourite restaurant… and favourite dish?
I wouldn’t say I have one. I like try something new or something different as much as I possibly can. With so much to choose from its hard to say which dish is my favourite, however since I have been here I have really enjoyed local and Lebanese cuisine. It’s not something there is a lot of back in the UK.
Which takeaway do you have on speed dial?
Zataar w Zeit.
Thursday night means…
The busiest night of the week in the restaurant.
Friday afternoon means…
The busiest brunch in the restaurant.
Guests have flown in to see you for a weekend and they’ve never been here before. What three things do you do?
The first thing would be Friday brunch; there’s no better way to welcome someone to Dubai! Then I would take them to one of the water parks. It doesn’t matter what age you are, that’s always a good time. The last thing would be to go up to the top of the Burj Khalifa, at night the view is amazing and what a way to end a trip to Dubai.
Where do you go to get a taste of home?
Being Scottish it’s difficult to get a real taste of home here in Dubai [business idea? – Ed]. The closest I get would probably be a Sunday roast, something we have just started on a Saturday here in Gaucho. So I don’t have to go far now for a taste of home.
What one thing could they introduce to Dubai that would immeasurably improve the quality of your life?
Being able to pay rent monthly. Paying it in lump sums can be a real burden sometimes.
If you had to spend AED100,000 in a single Dubai shop, which one would you choose and what would you buy?
I have a bit of a love for watches, so I would probably hit the Rolex store.
What do you do in Dubai that you never do anywhere else in the world?
Any of the amazing things there are to do here on your days off! Jet ski at the beach is a current favourite.