Entertaining with Dr Maryam Zamani

The in-demand surgeon to the A-list talks us through her tips and tricks

Written by Clara Strunck October 6, 2021

When it comes to skin care and celebrity-worthy ‘tweakments’, there’s only one name you need in your little black book: Dr Maryam Zamani is one of the most highly respected oculoplastic and leading aesthetic doctors in London, practicing from the quiet, discreet and oh-so in-demand Cadogan Clinic on Sloane Street. Zamani also has her own skincare range, MZ Skin, which is loved by everyone from Elle Macpherson to Gwyneth Paltrow. In between treating her patients and running her super successful business, Zamani loves to entertain and is known for her dinner parties, which fuse her knack for Persian cooking (a nod to her Iranian heritage) with great tablescapes and intimate guestlists. Here, she lets us in on her kitchen must-haves, her guilty pleasure – and the one thing she’ll never order.

What’s the most used object in your kitchen?

The juicer.

Is there one cookbook you think everyone should own?

Well, if you’re Iranian like I am, I’d have to say Najmieh Batmanglij’s Food Of Life, which I love.

What could we always find in your fridge?

All kinds of berries: blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, along with mangoes, mandarins, lots of water, feta cheese and kale.

Tell us about your most memorable meal…

That’s a hard one… I would say the most memorable meals are not about the food itself but about the decor, the mood, and – most importantly – the people!

What is no celebration complete without?

Good lighting!

What are you making for dinner tonight?

We’re having Persian rice and a stew of fenugreek, kidney beans and other yummy greens.

What’s the one thing you’ll never order?

I don’t really like anything fried (except french fries, that is!)

What’s the one thing people ask you the most?

Given that I help people feel and look the best version of themselves, I am most commonly asked ‘How can I look better?’ or ‘What would you do for me?’

One recipe I’d love to master is…

It’s more a whole type of cooking – I would love to be able to make sushi properly.

Do you have any top tips for entertaining?

I like to keep it intimate, sometimes sprinkling different friends in. I always love to have delicious and healthy food – either Persian, Japanese or Italian. I like to personalize the table a bit too, and add some atmospheric lighting and good music. Finally, I would recommend getting help, so that you can enjoy the evening yourself!

If you could invite anyone to a dinner party, who would you ask and why?

I would love to have met Estée Lauder. I’ve just finished her son’s book (The Company I Keep: My Life in Beauty by Leonard A. Lauder) and I just admire how fierce and bold she was.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Peanut M&Ms!

When you’re invited to dinner, what do you always take?

I like to always take something special for the hostess. If I find a new place that does excellent chocolates or dessert I’ll choose like that, or I’ll take something fun or special for the house.