What is a Chef?

What is a Chef?

The kitchen is a small rectangular off-shoot to a larger area that is taken up by a large workstation designated for the pastry chefs, large pots and pans, a wash-up area, shelving, a dry foods storage area, a sink for food preparation, a large freezer and other fixtures that make even the largest part of [...]

Eating Sardinia

Eating Sardinia

Maria was everything you could ask for, the perfect endorsement for the entire Mediterranean basin — slim, beautiful and sun-kissed enough to make pale Brits abroad appear all the more pale and conscious of it. Welcome to Sardinia. We’d already been on Sardinian soil for over two hours. Initially struck by the heat and stench [...]

The Political Bird and Recipe: Roasted Chicken Breast with Braised Lentils

The Political Bird and Recipe: Roasted Chicken Breast with Braised Lentils

The chicken has become the most politicised animal on earth. This is in no part down to just how many mouths there are to feed. Just think that in the eighteenth century the population of Britain almost doubled from 8.5 million to 16.5 million. Today there are a hell of a lot more of us [...]

Recipe: Steak, Mash Potato, French Peas, Red Wine Jus

Recipe: Steak, Mash Potato, French Peas, Red Wine Jus

I recently found myself in strange territory for a chef - I had Friday off. To celebrate this rare occasion I decided to treat myself to something more than the fish finger sandwiches and cheese-on-toast that my working hours usually only prohibit me to having. In keeping with my restaurant roots I decided to celebrate with [...]