Celebrated British chef, Tom Aikens, is already vastly accomplished for his modest 45 years. With four flourishing – Tom's Kitchen – restaurants in London to his name, and flagships in Istanbul and Hong-Kong, Aikens now has his sights set on Dubai. "I think more chefs are going to Dubai in terms of opening up restaurants. The quality of restaurants there is very high and the produce is getting better and better," said Aikens on his choice of city for the new restaurant.

He will be bringing his new dining concept – Pots, Pans & Boards – to the emirate, a family-style experience that allows guests to serve themselves at their table. "The idea was mainly from childhood memories of having food served out of one pot and sort of tucking into it, served at the table. There's quite a few dishes that we're serving that's coming straight out of a pot or served in a pan, so it just makes it a lot more fun for people to share dishes." He explained, when asked about his inspiration for the idea.

And when the youngest chef ever to receive two Michelin stars (he was only 26-years-old at the time) announces that he is bringing a new restaurant to our neck-of-the-woods, our interest at the Buro 24/7 Middle East lifestyle desk is piqued. And what does the chef recommend? "My favourites are a roast chicken with tarragon for sharing. Then we're doing a nice veal ragu with pappardelle and we've got some nice salads..." We look forward to sampling the homely menu when Pots, Pans & Boards opens this autumn at The Beach, in JBR Dubai.