Welcome to GMS, I am a Dubai based magazine art director with a huge passion for cooking. Food has always been an essential part of my life. I grew up in a multicultural family in the UK learning to cook food just like Mum made. There was no such thing as junk food in my home – everything had to be done from scratch using home-grown or locally sourced ingredients.
That meant the dishes we’d cook – from spicy curries to traditional roasts – were a labour of love. They’d sit sizzling in the oven or on the hob sometimes for hours, but they tasted so perfect it was worth all the effort.
I LOVE TO HOST DINNER PARTIES AND SPEND EVERY SPARE MOMENT COOKING MY FAVOURITE DISHES FOR MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. SHARING A RECIPE IS LIKE SHARING A BEST-KEPT SECRET
Becoming an art director, working on lifestyle magazines has given me the opportunity to work with some of the worlds top chefs, travel the world picking up food tips along the way.
I love to host dinner parties and spend every spare moment cooking my favourite dishes for my family and friends. Sharing a recipe is like sharing a best-kept secret, which is why I started Gas Mark Six. I write a weekly column for Gulf News’ Tabloid, where I share my thoughts, money saving tips and easy to make dishes.
Working as a graphic designer has made the construction of this site even more of a passion, I write, cook, style and photograph all the pictures you see here, just snapped in my apartment.
Living in the middle east has given me the opportunity to experience some of the regions exceptional dining experiences. I’ve learnt to make red curries in Thailand or local fish curries on a beach in Goa or being taught how to cook authentic Sri Lankan curries, give my versions a distinctly authentic taste. Dubai – a melting pot of culture and recipes from around the world. One moment I can be eating the tastiest shawarma in Bur Dubai, the next I’m sitting down to an international brunch or eight-course dinner (yes, really!) at a Michelin-star Italian restaurant in a luxury hotel.
My culinary repertoire – and ingredients cupboard – have grown considerably and I’m enjoying the foodie journey, which has taken me around the world. I hope you will enjoy it too! I would love you to share your food experiences with me – both good and bad! Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
Mark Anthony Maxwell Setchfield