Posted by : Daily News / on :Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Opening soon: A restaurant at
How about dining at the peak with some exotic
dishes? Sounds unbelievable? Yes, this is no wild fragment of an imagination
and is translating into reality soon when former Noma chef and Tom Aikens protege
25-year-old James Sharman will be hiking to the base camp of Mount Everest to
build a unique restaurant there. The ambitious venture is the latest in
Sharman's ' One
Star House Party ' series which will see him hosting dinners in 20
countries over 20 months.
According to the core concept every month he and his team of four friends spend
three weeks planning and building a restaurant and one week serving food at a
unique location. Everest base camp will be James's fourth location in the
series, after Beijing, Ho Chi Minh, and Bangkok.
In a free-wheeling conversation with us, James talked about the concept, its
sustainability and how he will deal with the delicate environment of the
What made you think of opening a restaurant at
Mount Everest base camp, of all places?
The enticing nature or the challenge itself or I would say the dream of
establishing a restaurant at an untouched Himalayan landscape, probably were
among the reasons. I, personally am excited about working with the Sherpas.
I've been enchanted by them since I was a child.
We travel across the world, constantly on the hunt for new ideas for the food
we create. We began with a more dogmatic view than we have now. When we created
the menu for the first few countries, we were searching solely for new
ingredients, flavours and textures. Rice and fish sauce becomes spectacular
when you huddle into a galley, after a shift on a fishing boat at sea with
If we ask ourselves why we spend copious amounts of money on extravagant
restaurants, the answer ultimately is that we are buying an experience, a
memory for ourselves or others that we hope to cherish. Not because we're
exhilarated by a 20 page wine menu, the silverware or the artwork on the wall.
I believe, sitting down at the base of the Himalayas, with the team of Sherpas,
in our make shift restaurant, is an experience that will last. Surrounded by
camp chairs, fire and a meal that everyone has had some hand into making
possible, will be the meal and memory not easily forgotten.
How will you manage the logistics? Will it be a
It's certainly not profitable. We were fortunate enough to have had colleagues
from restaurants in London who have relatives from Kathmandu who helped us work
directly with local Sherpas and guides. This has obviously been invaluable to
the logistical aspect of the concept, but they also made available for us a
climbing package cheaper than most travel agencies offer.
What will be the main cuisine/dishes of
your restaurant? What will be your signature dish here?
We never create a menu before we arrive. We're waiting to board our flight to
Nepal, we have of course researched all we can about Nepalese food, plus we are
hoping to discover something new that we could not find on Wikipedia.
People's relationship with food; the nuances in the cuisine that make people
smile or the dishes that bring friends and families together, are the things
that define a cuisine and its place within a community. These are the things we
hope to discover and create our menu from.
Has the menu something to do with the weather?
Will it be therapeutic or is it all about the palate and senses?
We haven't set out to build a menu; although I have no doubt that a hearty
lentil soup will taste better after a day's hike at -15C.
How will you manage not to freeze there?
The major issue with the cold climate is at night, and to handle that we have
booked a succession of guesthouses that line our route to the base camp. We
have the traditional firewood etc as well as a few solar panels to keep us
you faced in bringing this dream to reality?
This restaurant at base camp is among 1 of the 20 restaurants we are creating
around the world on our tour. Strangely enough, base camp has actually been one
of the simplest restaurants in our journey.
How do you plan to publicize your restaurant?
(Smiles) Well, it is happening automatically, though, we weren't expecting it.
We have already received over 7000 applications from Intrepid (Travel Company).
Do you think it is a sustainable idea?
Financially, what we do is obviously challenging. We don't make a profit from
each restaurant, just enough to move on to the next country and build our next
pop-up. Admittedly, it takes a certain kind of diner to enjoy what we do. What
they get in return is an unpolished, honest experience. Where the cost of their
meal goes into the ingredients they eat, the materials we use to make the
crockery they eat from and the discovery that made that meal possible.
Hope it will not disturb the delicate Everest ecological balance?
We choose the places where we build our restaurants based on a desire to learn
from and enjoy them, not to exploit them. One thing that has surprised me over
the last few weeks is the amount of people who have asked the same question. We
are climbing 17,000 feet to explore a unique experience with limited resources
and not to litter.
Who will be your clientele?
Despite the nature of our travelling restaurants moving from country to
country, we are fortunate enough to have a few regular guests, who travel out
to dine with us in each country. The guests coming with us are mostly those who
have supported us from the beginning, and of course, the Sherpas.
Title: Opening soon : A restaurant at Mount Everest
Description: Opening soon A restaurant at Mount Everest
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Dow eyes power plants for new wastewater treatment technology in India
Dow Water & Process
Solutions (DWPS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, is planning to tap
the power sector for its recently launched wastewater management technologgy,
Fortilife. “Currently, we are focusing on textiles (where we have done
significant amount of work with this technology). Going forward, we are now
looking at power, which is one of the big segment that has to adhere to
stringent wastewater treatment norms. Eventually, we plan
to move into other sectors,” said Sharad Gollerkeri, regional commercial
manager, water & process solutions, Dow Chemical International Pvt Ltd (Dow India).
"With Fortilife, which enables minimum liquid
discharge (MLD), Dow Water & Process Solutions aims to tap water intensive
industries such as textile, power, etc"
DWPS developed Fortilife as a solution to solve the challenge of
effluent discharge faced by the textile mills in Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu.
Fortilife, which enables minimum liquid discharge (MLD), helped these textile
mills to comply with regulation by minimising environmental impact and also
reducing their operating costs. Now, the company wants to target other water
intensive industries with this new technology.
“We see significant economic benefits for our
customers with Fortilife. We started with textile industry and are now
targeting the power sector and other water-intensive industries where
wastewater recycling is needed,” added Gollerkeri.
India is facing severe water shortage
challenge, with per capita availability going down continuously, forcing the
government to put in place stringent effluent treatment norms for industrial
users. This has propelled the demand for wastewater treatment technologies in the
country. “We see great potential in India as there are unmet needs across
multiple industries for wastewater treatment applications. The
government has also brought in policies which are crucial for the growth of
water treatment industry. We are bringing to the market a range of innovative
products, which are specifically designed to meet the requirements of Indian
customers,” said Yochai Gafni, global business director (reverse osmosis),
The Dow Chemical Company.
Many industries are also seeing economic
benefits of incorporating eco-friendly technologies as they realise that
wastewater can be their low-cost and most reliable source of water. “With the
government enforcing environmental laws stringently, companies are compelled to
embrace technology that help them adhere to the prescribed rules of discharge.
While this (regulator compliance) is driving the wastewater treatment technology market, many
companies are also looking to bring down their manufacturing cost by adopting
solutions, offered by companies like Dow, to use recycled water in their
facilities. That (economic benefits) will be the real driver for the adoption
of wastewater treatment solutions in the future,”
stated Alan Chan, commercial director, Pacific, Dow Water & Process
Speaking about growth plans for India, Gafni,
said, “We have seen significant growth in India, and there is a potential to
grow faster because, we believe, there will be more policy interventions to
ensure that clean water is available to more areas. This will trigger demand
for wastewater treatment technologies and, thus, we
see exponential growth for our business in the country.”
Title: Dow eyes power plants for new wastewater treatment technology
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treatment technology in India on Business Standard. With Fortilife, which
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aims to tap water intensive industries such as textile, power, etc"
Posted by : Daily News / on :Monday, 5 December 2016
Saqlain Mushtaq to Continue as
England's Spin Consultant in ODI Series
Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq will continue to help the touring
English spinners in the upcoming ODI series in India.
File Photo: Saqlain Mushta
confirmed that he had signed a contract to assist English spinners, Moeen Ali
and Adil Rashid, during the three-match ODI series against India.
Saqlain Mushtaq will mentor
England spinners for ODI series
The India-England ODI series is
starting on January 15
Saqlain has expressed his desire
to work with Pakistan cricket
"Saqlain Mushrtaq confirmed that he had signed a contract to assist English
spinners, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, during the three-match ODI series against
was hired by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to help the English
spinners for the first two Tests will continue in his role in the ODI series,
starting from January 15.
After a draw in
the first Test, England has been outplayed in the next two Tests by the Indian
spinners, particularly Ravichandran Ashwin who has taken 15 wickets in the three
the Pakistani media from England that he had enjoyed coaching the English
players in India despite the ongoing tensions between the two neighbouring
no problems and it was a good experience for me as a bowling coach and
consultant," Saqlain said.
He also felt
that the English spinners were eager learners and would improve as the series
espressed his desire to work with Pakistan cricket.
"It is a
matter of pride for me that I am asked to help spinners from different
countries but my wish is still to give something back to Pakistan
cricket," he said.
ready to offer my services to the Pakistan Cricket Board whenever they need
was hired for a short time by the PCB to work with Saeed Ajmal last year, said
Director, Academies Mudassar Nazar had indicated to him that his services would
be required soon in Pakistan.
Title:Saqlain Mushtaq to Continue as England's Spin Consultant in ODI Series
Description: Saqlain Mushrtaq confirmed that he had signed a contract to assist English spinners, Moeen Ali and
Adil Rashid, during the three-match ODI series against India
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