Mark Heirs has always been around food, with his parents owning pubs and restaurants. He…
Andi Walker did an incredible job on MasterChef the Professionals , and should be proud of what he achieved on the show. I was reading about what inspired him to enter and to be honest did make me a little emotional.
His grandmother sparked his love of cooking and has recently become ill with dementia and wanted to appear on the show as a tribute to her, which I think is incredible and am sure she is more than proud of him.
I remember watching the Law Society episode which happened to be Andi’s best part of MasterChef, they all did incredibly well both for the guests and their show stoppers. During this episode Andi made an incredible dish of Venison, which is rolled in panko and parmesan and had a honey, soy venison sauce. It looked incredible and made me just want to grab it out of the TV and dig into it. What a great job!!
This episode actually ended with a little shock as they all went through and rightly so!!
As far as I can remember I have always had an interest in food and cooking, all the way from when I was a greedy little boy.
My inspiration comes in many forms from travelling, reading, eating out and my life experiences.
My best bit was most definitely cooking at the Law Society. It was such a great day to be a part of and to hear so many people talking about it at the time made it so special, the other chefs were all amazing and it was such a highlight when we went back to cook our show stopper dishes and not one of us got any negative feedback, it was such a great feeling.
My cooking style is still evolving but I just see it as me on a plate, no gimmicks or messing around, straight up honest food.
I would say I love cooking with fish the most, I think it takes such skill to get this right.
My favourite dish to make is my duck and broccoli dish with spicy peanuts, yoghurt and honey and soy jus, it’s the only dish that I can say is totally mine, I love it.
I love working with fish, but I love anything that is in season and has been delivered to me with as much love as I’m going to cook it.
My Nan aka Nanny Pickles, she’s my inspiration behind my whole career and as she’s quite ill I just wanted to do something that she could watch and see what she has done for my life.
Every chef I met on Masterchef was amazing, and we’re all still good friends, but the main chef I still look towards for approval is Martin Nisbet of Bushel and Strike, he really changed my whole mind set on cooking and I’ll always be grateful for that.
Only do it if you are serious, it’s not an industry to be played at, and learn the basics!
Please follow me on twitter @chefandiwalker exciting things are happening and I will be tweeting about them as and when they are confirmed.
I want to thank Andi for taking the time and effort in doing this interview, he really came across as a nice guy and a great chef! Good luck to him in the future and I hope I get to taste some of his incredible food soon! 🙂
I have enjoyed cooking for some years now, its one of the only things that I can do that makes me relaxed and forget any worries I have. I love trying new foods and visiting restaurants. Other hobbies include writing, game development and work :)