Live To Eat, Don’t Eat To Live

Hi, my name is Martyn and I consider myself an Amateur Chef. I love everything about food and this was the main reason I started this blog, to showcase that passion. I started this blog in 2014 with an aim to showcase tasty recipes, restuarant reviews and useful cooking tips and tricks.

Even though I do consider myself an Amateur, I have continued to develop my skills in the kitchen. I am self taught but I do also take part in a number of cooking courses to help learn something new.

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Chef Interviews

Craig Sherrington

Craig Sherrington was more than happy to spend some time out of his busy schedule to do this interview. Watching him on Great British Menu, his food looks incredible. You can find him at Virginia House in Cumbria. The restaurant looks very nice and the menu looks incredible, you can even try his Great British … Read more

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Chef Interviews – Darren Watson

@Saigonchef2016 Reflections Restaurant  http://caravellehotel.com/ Darren Watson has been more than happy to give some of his time and a I really appreciate him taking part in this Chef Interviews. I could really tell that Darren has a real passion for food as well as the overall food industry. Looking at some of the dishes that … Read more

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Tony Rodd - MasterChef 2015 Finalist, read the full interview | AmateurChef.co.uk

Tony Rodd MasterChef 2015 Finalist Interview

Tony Rodd MasterChef 2015 Finalist Interview I first saw Tony Rodd on MasterChef and first time I saw the desserts he produced, you could tell he was a very good chef! Greg Wallace named him “The Master Chocolatier” and you can see why! Tony is an inspiration to me as he is someone that came … Read more

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Restaurant Reviews

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Alba St Ives Restaurant

We often come to Cornwall in June, and it usually falls on or around our wedding anniversary. Each year I will book a nice meal or two, one of which will be to celebrate, this year we decided to go to the Alba in St Ives. ​We didn’t stay in St Ives but was only … Read more

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New Yard Restaurant in Trelowarren

In June of this year (2018) we went on a week holiday to Cornwall, a destination we visit often. As you can probably tell from restaurant reviews, we like to come here. One of the reasons why it appeals to me is the food, and there are so many great restaurants to try. I found … Read more

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Alchemilla Nottingham Review | 10 Incredible Courses | AmateurChef.co.uk

Alchemilla Nottingham Review

It’s taken me some time to get this review up if I am honest. I went a couple of weeks when it first opened to celebrate our friends first wedding anniversary. At the time we had a baby and I didn’t realise how much of my time that would take up! I really wanted to … Read more

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Buying Guides & Reviews

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The 9 Best Pestle and Mortar Sets in 2018 [Updated]

The Pestle and Mortar come in two parts, the mortar which is made from wood, metal, ceramic, marble or granite. Ingredients are placed in the Mortar and then you use the Pestle to crush or grind them into powder or a fine paste. Interestingly they have been around since ancient times, in fact, the earliest … Read more

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Craft Gin Club Review

​Craft Gin Club Review – Perfect If You Love Gin! Click Here For More Information Imagine if you could get a small batch Gin delivered to your door every month? Well, you don’t have to imagine, with Craft Gin Club you can! I am partial to a gin, well more than a little partial if … Read more

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Do The Unthinkable – MuscleFood Review

For More Information and To Claim Your Discount – Click Here Don’t Forget To Enter Discount Code: AC5 for £5 OffIf you have been following my blog, you will know I like my food. (who doesn’t!) In my early twenties I was always fairly slim, now I am in my early thirties I have started … Read more

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Simply Cook Review

For More Information and To Claim Your Discount – Click Here As well as working on AmateurChef I have a full time job and by the time we get Edwin to bed, we sometimes don’t want to spend a long time cooking. This is why I have found food subscription boxes like Simply Cook to … Read more

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Cooking 101

Craig Sherrington

Craig Sherrington was more than happy to spend some time out of his busy schedule to do this interview. Watching him on Great British Menu, his food looks incredible. You can find him at Virginia House in Cumbria. The restaurant looks very nice and the menu looks incredible, you can even try his Great British … Read more

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How To Make Gin At Home | AmateurChef.co.uk

How To Make Gin At Home in 9 Easy Steps

Have you ever wondered how to make gin in the comfort of your own home? It would be pretty incredible if you could right? You can and believe me it is very easy to do. I love my gin if I am not getting a delivery from Craft Gin Club, or buying a bottle from … Read more

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Best Pestle and Mortar Featured Image | AmateurChef.co.uk

The 9 Best Pestle and Mortar Sets in 2018 [Updated]

The Pestle and Mortar come in two parts, the mortar which is made from wood, metal, ceramic, marble or granite. Ingredients are placed in the Mortar and then you use the Pestle to crush or grind them into powder or a fine paste. Interestingly they have been around since ancient times, in fact, the earliest … Read more

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How To Cook Scallops – Perfect Scallops Everytime

How To Cook Scallops – Perfect Scallops Everytime Scallops are typically known to be somewhat expensive, and I often get them for one scallop for around £1.50+. I don’t, therefore, have them every week, but they do make an excellent treat when making a romantic meal or when entertaining friends. Scallops are a shellfish that … Read more

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