Ravinder Bhogal’s debut recipe book, Cook in Boots, is a mainstay in our kitchens, while the mere mention of her Marylebone restaurant, Jikoni, is enough to have us dreaming of okra fries for days. It’s safe to say, if we could go to anyone’s house for Christmas dinner, Ravinder’s would be it. But it’s not just her brilliant cheffing skills that are fabulous, her party style is, too.
“This imitates the intimate fragrance of warm skin and has become my signature scent. I buy it at one of my favourite London shops, Trunk, which is conveniently around the corner from my restaurant.”
“A white shirt is a classic that can be dressed up or down – think Lauren Bacall or Carolyn Bessette. I love the shirts by British label S.A.R.K – they have quirky details, such as false nails or valium pills for buttons, or ciggies embroidered into the pocket.”
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“I love a reliable sparkler at a party. This British one is from Norfolk and has a bright, delicate taste – it’s so bubbly and charismatic, it virtually does jazz hands. It’s a perfect accompaniment to canapés or a happy prelude to the heaps of food to follow. I also like to take it as a gift.”
“An evening suit jacket that says you are ready to party but still mean business.”
“Statement trousers which can be worn as a suit with the coordinating jacket, then re-spun with a classic white shirt.”
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