This week’s #mancrushmonday is a man that proves that the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach, not just men. He’s one of the kindest, most passionate and talented individuals I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. The fact that he’s made me swoon more than once with his culinary skill doesn’t hurt either. It’s my pleasure to present to you, as your #MCM, chef Eyal Liebman of Chef&Somm.
Along with his lovely and brilliant wife Rebecca (who you’ll get to know later this week as our #WCW), Eyal is the Chef half of Chef&Somm, a business the pair created around their belief that collaboration between chefs and sommeliers is the key to a truly incredible dining experience. Inspired by the founding fathers of French cuisine and trained by Master Chef Didier Leroy, Eyal is a culinary artist who combines innovation with tradition, and marries pastry with savoury to create dishes that reflect his unique journey through the kitchen ranks. Eyal’s culinary creations have found their way onto tables at Harbour Sixty Steak House or 417 Restaurant + Lounge. And along with Rebecca, Chef&Somm. (formerly L is for…) they have brought their creativity and passion for food and perfect wine pairings to expertly curated dinners attended by some of the cities most discerning food lovers.
What I love the most about Chef&Somm. is that not only do they bring the beauty of food the forefront of whatever they do, but they also find a way to give back to the community and the world by highlighting a worthy cause with every event, ensuring that the charity partner of their choice benefits from their and their guests generosity.
So without further ado, take a read of Eyal’s point of view on love, romance and his wonderful partner Rebecca.
What is your definition of romance?
Romance is care, romance is when the other person cares about you –what makes you warm and fuzzy inside.
What is your ideal first date?
Conversation, good wine and good food. I cook for a living, I live breath and dream food and wine, and I don’t see how a person that does not revolve around this can be around me for too long. Food and wine and the relationship between them is a living organism and if my date can see that spark – she’s the one…
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
Don’t see yourself as the better or other half. If you’re incomplete you cannot expect anyone to love you! I am a fully matured complete person, so is Rebecca – together we create something big which is our relationship but she does not complete me in any form as I am a whole! How can anyone expect someone to fall in love with a fraction of a person?
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men out there, what would it be?
People change! I am not the same person I was 13 years ago when I met my beloved wife. She’s not the same person either. Love yourself, grow but always look at how your partner is growing and make sure to know the other person as they are now and to grow with them. If you only focus on yourself and your growth, don’t allow other things around you to grow and evolve and consume everything around – an organism like that has a name in the medical world – it’s called cancer – who’d marry that??
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
Nor Rebecca or myself are a big believer in manufactured ceremonial gestures. It’s what we do for a living! When we got married I refused to use the word forever in my vows – I don’t believe in forever and stagnancy. I told the rabbi that in my deranged reality, the door is open and she can leave anytime and any day – the minute I stop caring, nurturing or investing in her love to me – she’s free to go. A lot of people give way too much weight to one time gestures, anniversaries, days – and I make sure she falls in love with me on a daily basis – 13 years and counting!
It’s not too late to book Chef&Somm for your holiday party or new year’s party needs! Head to their website for more information.