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 [...]

Kitchen Talk

Kitchen Talk

Warning: the following post contains a fair amount of bad language that some may find offensive but it is an accurate representation of life within a professional kitchen. I am a chef and this is who we are - I never said it would be pretty.  In 1987, Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran wrote, ‘one does not inhabit a [...]

A Note on Soup and Recipe: Fennel and Apple Soup

A Note on Soup and Recipe: Fennel and Apple Soup

“Flavour. If we can’t make soup, then what can we do? Fuck vegetarians. Do they wear leather shoes?” That’s the executive chefs answer to my asking why we use chicken stock in our soups which have long been a staple vegetarian starter on nearly all restaurant menus. I can’t answer the question as to whether [...]