Chef Moshe Shek, who had been missing from the culinary scene in Mumbai for a while, has made a comeback with exciting news about his latest venture.
After a lengthy absence, the chef took to social media to announce the opening of his new establishment, A World Away, a culinary studio located in the picturesque city of Alibaug.
The studio, situated in the village of Awas, is comprised of a spacious glass house mounted on rails, which has been expertly designed by renowned architect Ajit Shilpi. Shek explains that it took over a year and a half to bring the studio to life, and he wanted to create a light and airy space for visitors to enjoy. The large windows offer a 360-degree view of the surrounding area, including Shek’s organic farm.
Not only does the studio serve as a teaching facility, but it will also be available for hosting events and preparing food and baked goods to order. With over 24 years of experience in the culinary industry, Shek is well-equipped to teach aspiring chefs and share his expertise. He notes that the studio is fully equipped with all the necessary tools and equipment a cook might require.
Shek chose Alibaug as the location for his project to escape the hectic pace of Mumbai, and it’s easily accessible by a 15-minute speedboat ride from Colaba and a 10-minute journey from the jetty. It’s actually faster than driving within the city itself.
Starting the half-acre farm at the studio was a challenge for the chef, who admits that it took two years to get the soil to an optimal level. However, the hard work has paid off, and the farm is now producing a bountiful harvest, including mangoes, brinjals, tomatoes, chikoo, and a variety of herbs such as spearmint, oregano, and thyme.
Shek’s next workshop at the studio will focus on Middle Eastern mezze and will include lessons on how to prepare dishes such as quinoa-lafels, mixed nut muhammara, grilled haloumi skewers with charmoula, pita, and baklava. This new venture is sure to be a hit with food enthusiasts and aspiring chefs alike.