FYI Talent

Spice master.

Lior Lev Sercarz clings to coasts. The 43-year-old master spice blender with a leonine mane of grey hair and Newman-blue eyes grew up on a kibbutz in Galilee, learned his trade on the northwestern coast of France.

All strings attached.

You might say Stevie Blacke likes to string people along. In a continually shrinking music industry, the Berklee College of Music graduate has found the ultimate way to provide more with less by creating entire string sections by himself.

Going global.

Like a chalkboard, HB pencils, and a desk whose top opens to reveal dried gum stuck to its insides, a globe is something most of us remember from our school days, yet haven’t given much thought to since Grade 4. This was no different for Peter Bellerby, who, in 2008, set about on a quest to find the perfect globe for his father’s 80th birthday.

Behind the clues.

Brandishing a pencil, a pen if he is confident, a puzzler turns to the Arts & Leisure section of The New York Times, scans the page, finds his quarry, and settles in for a fight.

Hawk-eyed.

It’s another beautiful day at Broadfield, the 2,300-hectare sporting club at Sea Island resort in the south of Georgia, and Chris Kennedy, a master falconer there, is eyeing the trees. “Falconry,” he says, “is all about patience.”

Mix maestro.

The amaretto-like aromas of his grandmother’s cookie jar. An idea about puréed pumpkin. An English rose garden. For Tony Conigliaro, the crowned king of London’s molecular mixology scene, these simple thoughts have spawned ideas for innovative cocktails.

The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Let’s, for a moment, play that game “If you could invite anyone to dinner…” Our imaginary table has space for seven guests, each of a different nationality, and all must be living, working masters of their art.

All fade away.

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