There are no secrets in cooking; it is simple math: great ingredients + great technique = great food
Chefs will always be responsible for the execution, knowledge, training, experience and the skills that come to play, but there is an equally important side: the ingredients. When cooking a piece of meat or vegetable, chefs have no control on how the animal was raised, or the vegetables grown. In one sense, the ingredients are already finished. But what we can do as chefs is to carefully choose our purveyors, building a relationship based on the respect and support of each other’s work. Sustaining local enterprises that align with our organic and sustainable philosophy is equally important to us.
Peninsula Vegetable & Dairy Farms, Bahrain
The farmers are managing an incredible feat in breeding and rearing goats in a completely natural way while in the middle of a deserted island. Rather than us requesting specific products, we often build our dishes around the unique flavors and consistencies of their cheeses, such as the delicate goat’s milk feta.
Budaya Organic Garden, Bahrain
Organic horticulture is the science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants by following the essential principles of organic agriculture in soil building and conservation, pest management, and heirloom variety preservation. The Garden was started a year before the opening of Masso with the solely intent of providing our guests with the most healthy and wholesome ingredients. In the following years, we have succeeded at becoming sustainable by harvesting seeds that have in turn produced stronger and more draught and heat resistant plants. We are capable of growing herbs and vegetables for 9 months while we let the soil rest for the 3 hottest months of the year.
The Fish Market, Bahrain
The variety and quality of the local fish and seafood is second to none. We purchase from many small fishermen depending on the season, the variety of the fish we are looking for, or what is available in a specific time of the year.
Loch Duart Salmon Fisheries, Scotland
Loch Duart salmon bears a strong similarity in appearance and structure to wild salmon. Fish are slim and torpedo-shaped with fully developed fins and large powerful tails. Loch Duart is the loch beside the hatchery where the salmon grows from egg to smolt. The salmon are unique to the brand. The stocks have come from their own broodstock which has been developed since the 1970s. The fish diet is as close to the natural diet of salmon as possible, whilst meeting the company principles on the environment. Loch Duart have never and will never use growth promoters nor antibiotics.