Kikkoman Masters Dishes -
Starter - Isle of Wright Tomatoes, fresh Wasabi curd and soy pickles
Main - Salt aged duck, Burnt Orange, Master stock
Previous Competitions Entered - 2nd place Young stagiaire of the year 2018, 2nd place Gosset competition
What Is Your First Food Memory - My mums “Patatas con
sepia” is like a fish stock with diced up squid and potatoes.
Who has influenced your cooking the most - Non professionally my grandma, her ability to cook since I was small always amazed me.
Head chef at the moment Jamie Park, we have been working together for 5 years
now. His point of view towards food and the respect for the zero waste concept
inspires me to move forward.
Why did you become a chef - I always loved to
eat and as soon as I could I started to work in the hospitality, after my IB
exams ( A levels) I did a 1 month internship at Aqua a 3* restaurant in
Wolfsburg, Germany. It was incredible and after that I was sure I wanted to become
Where did you train to be a chef - ? I didn’t do any college but I tried to do stages to learn the craft.
I was in Aqua, Wolfsburg(3*)
Dinner by Heston, London(2*)
Noma, Copenaghen (2*)
Adam Handling has also been a big influence on my formation for the past 6 years.
What did you want to be when you grew up - Engineer like my dad.
Who are your favourite chefs - Simon Rogan, Rene Redzepi
Other than your restaurant, what is your favourite restaurant - Noma and Coombeshead farm
What music do you enjoy cooking to - Depends on how busy
the day is looking but mostly Rock or Reggaeton
What was the last book you read - Just came back from
holiday and I was reading the third plate from Dan Barber, the respect towards
the product and understanding of the environment that surrounds you.
What is your favourite ingredient (apart from Kikkoman Soy Sauce) - Onions, because they are humble but versatile.
What do you think is the next food trend - The concern for flavourful vegetables on a big scale, affecting big groceries stores.
What food is your guilty pleasure - Dulce de leche
Is there one food you really don't like - No
Worst kitchen nightmare - Be cooking on sauce section and run out of sauce.
Most Memorable meal - Abac, Barcelona
Last meal on earth - A good Rib eye steak.
Celebrity you would most like to -
Cook for - Not a celebrity chef (or so he says ) Gordon Ramsay
Dine with - Roger Federer