| Zee Yusri |
FABIO Ciervo, Executive Chef of the exclusive Hotel Eden, who received his first Michelin Star in the 2013 Guide’s edition, has been brought to The Empire Hotel & Country Club’s Spaghettini for the Dorchester Collection promotion which lasts until March 1.
The 2013 edition of the Michelin Guide recognised the significant work of Chef Fabio Ciervo of Rome’s Terrazza dell’Eden, the restaurant of Hotel Eden, one of the most fascinating hotels in Italy. It’s just two years after his entry in the kitchen that Ciervo was awarded his very well- deserved first Michelin star.
Speaking to the Bulletin yesterday during the Dorchester Collection media reception, Ciervo shared that the concept of the menu is nice and light with the authentic flavour of the dishes, which are recreated to suit the local palates.
“I love travelling and during my travels, I have seen different cultures and through it, I came out with cuisines that integrate all these different cultures. I believe the uniqueness of each cuisine penetrates its best tastes into diners,” explained the Michelin star chef.
During the media reception, a total of 10 dishes from starters to desserts were served. Before the dining adventure begins, the diners were served with amuse-bouche.
For starters, the media representatives had the chance to try on three cuisines – artichokes in a Romaine style with crispy mozzarella cheese; pea soup with fresh mint, king prawns marinated in a ‘bois boudran’ sauce; and marinated tuna with avocado guacamole, Sicilian orange, and soya vinaigrette.
Whilst for pasta, three scrumptious pastas were served – potato gnocchi with mix wild mushrooms; spaghetti with shell fish, roman zucchini and sun-dried Vesuvius piennolo tomatoes; and saffron and asparagus risotto.
Before the main course was served, the media representatives were brought into the kitchen to witness the Michelin star chef in action while preparing the main course.
As for the main course, roasted beef fillet, vegetable ragout and potatoes emulsion with black truffle, horseradish; and loin of Australian lamb, in a Dijon mustard hazelnuts crust, morel mushrooms confit shallot were served.
The dining experience then ended with a small dish of zesty lemon cream followed by two mouth-watering desserts – tiramisu with a twist of modernity, coffee cream and coffee ice cream, and chocolate and pistachio from Bronte, cacao beans, cream ‘ganache’ extra virgin olive oil and pistachio ice cream.
A statement by Michelin Guide’s review was shared in which it was mentioned that “The young chef has added a seductive and incredibly varied cuisine, an unending carousel of international specialties and products: from France to the Mediterranean nothing escapes him, not even caviar.”
At 33, Fabio Ciervo already has years of impressive international experience behind him, including time at the Waterside Inn at Bray (UK), the legendary restaurant that has been holding three Michelin stars for 27 years, where he worked beside Michel Roux.
After studying at the most important institutions of high cuisine in the world, including l’Ecole Lenôtre, the acclaimed French gastronomic school, he continued his career at the restaurant of London’s Grosvenor House and at the three-Michelin-star restaurant of Chef Martin Berastegui in San Sebastian in Spain. Since October 2010, Fabio Ciervo has been guiding the brigade of the restaurant of the Hotel Eden.
Fabio Ciervo follows his own specific vision that intertwines international techniques and influences into Italian tradition with a rigorous and attentive eye towards nutrition and health, which today is becoming more and more requested in the world of haute cuisine.
With a menu that changes every season and ingredients selected, among other things, for the colours they bring to a dish, Fabio Ciervo also exalts the visual aspect of the gastronomic experience.
La Terrazza dell’Eden, which from the beginning has been an important reference point in the world of high-end restaurants in Rome, has succeeded in combining the emphasis on gastronomic quality with the extraordinary location—boasting a view of Rome’s rooftops and cupolas as far as the eye can see—without allowing one to take over the other. Instead, the two elements come together to create an unforgettable experience that one could call “panoramic cuisine”.
Set on the sixth floor of the Hotel Eden, constructed in 1889, and with the best view over the Eternal City, the restaurant La Terrazza dell’Eden is the meeting point for guests and VIPs of Italian and international society.
In the course of his career, Fabio developed a personal philosophy regarding culinary art. For him, Haute Cuisine should seek inspiration from all cultures. Early on, from his native Italy, Fabio learned the virtues of Italian food. From the Orient, Fabio learned how to pay special attention to the choice of spices and the importance of delicate cooking.
France taught him the art of making wonderful sauces. He then explored the futuristic developments now in fashion in Spain.
Now, this passionate professional combines all this into a unique blend which is the hallmark of fine eating at La Terrazza.