SUPERFOODS & SUPERSTARS
It’s a dream come true. Contradictions are getting reconciled,What invaluable combinations!!! Gourmet food with health. Luxury with medical facilities. I’ve been there, done that, but very rarely found these amazing pairings. But, here they are: in the throbbing heart of Europe’s fashion capital of Dusseldorf ( rivalling Paris & Milan ). And that too in it’s iconic two century old landmark , Breidenbacherhof . No! it’s not a medical spa, but one of Europe’s oldest most beautiful heritage landmark hotels, beloved of royalty and superstars from Prince Albert to George Clooney and it has it’s very own state of the art medical “Preventicum” and Pearl of the Aesthetic too
CHEF AND DOCTOR
No! it’s not a health restaurant.. It’s a landmark gourmet destination. My discovery begins with The “Superfoods” menu and a chat with the dapper dynamo Cyrus Heydarian (who helms Breidenbacherhof, ever since it reopened ten years ago.) I learn at a rapid pace as I eat slowly, relishing every morsel. The committed Chef Philipp Ferber who apprenticed in the Black Forest area (known for it’s gourmet cuisine) works in tandem for many of his dishes with the brilliant Dr Baumgart of the medical Preventicum (also housed in the stately Breidenbacherhof). He creates dishes which are good forthe heart, for etox, for diabetes et al and general well-being too.. And in the gourmet restaurant he offers 20 dishes made out of superfoods.
Ofcourse, we all know what superfoods are: well-tried natural products with a high content of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which have a positive health effect due to their nutrient density. But, did you know that? Pomegranate good for detox, can also keep blood sugar levels stable?
Or that watercress in combination with jogging or physical exercise causes the sweet hunger to diminish? Chia seeds Goji berries Honey Mulberries and many other superfoods are used in many of the dishes here.
Please take a look at the photo of the accompanying dish. It is a miracle package for detox (pomegranate) , for the kidney (beetroot) , and heart (watercress) and the chickpea has excellent protein. And ofcourse the starcast of vegetables has invaluable vitamins and nutrients. Not only do all these work together but taste good too. I request Chef Ferber for the recipe here it is…
Recipe for 4 people
- 250g chickpeas • 80g sesame paste (Tahini) • 60ml lemon juice • 60ml olive oil • 2 garlic cloves, pressed • 2 liters of water • 1⁄2EL salt • 3EL beetroot granules
- 8 baby carrots • 8 small white turnips • 2 pcs. beetroot boiled and diced • 50g pistachio kernels • 25g dried pomegranate seeds • 1 bunch of watercress • sea salt • smoked oil
Soak chickpeas, in water. Overnight. Then simmer chickpeas in a pot of fresh water for an hour. When soft, put into food processor with the sesame paste, lemon juice, olive oil, water, beetroot granules, salt and the two pressed garlic cloves. Until a smooth puree is produced. Rest puree in fridge. For the topping baby carrots and turnips (cleaned and boiled in salt water) and tossed in smoked oil. Arrange as shown in photo.
STATE OF THE ART AND HEART
Not only are the dishes state of the art, the service state of the heart, but their medical Preventicum, is both and is presided over by the highly respected and internationally recognized cardiologist Dr Dietrich Baumgart. Cyrus Heydarian not only hails from a doctors family but was brought up on the finest gourmet food. And to top it all, he also worked for more than a decade with the owner of the largest most prestigious chain of medical clinics.. and once again my learning continues.
At Preventicum you can have cardio check-ups, medical examinations, Performance Diagnostics to measure the overall endurance and performance, energy metabolism during physical stress et al.
And the highly experienced Dr Baumgart advises that while nutrition is very individual, as one grows older, one should not snack thru the day, but should drink lots of water, reduce animal protein, eat more vegetables and look after the mind and soul too. .
Not only has Dr Baumgart been to an Ayurvedic retreat in Kerala but recommends it along with all his high tech state of the art metabolic balance and blood and body composition analysis. Cyrus Heydarian makes time to do his regular checks at Preventicum in the midst of his high-profile job and travel. He not only always insists on biological ingredients being used in his hotel and home but also seasonal ones. Skiing, swimming jogging and most importantly eating right help keep this superstar hotelier and doctor stay ahead of the curve. Superfoods make superstars.