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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Darren Watson Chef - Read the chef interview of Darren Watson. Find out what got him interested in becoming a chef - http://www.amateurchef.co.uk

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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Buying Guides & Reviews

Best Spice Grinders

Best Spice Grinder

Best Spice Grinder 2020 Are you looking to grind your own freshly ground spices and herbs? Below you will find the best spice grinders of 2020. As well as these recommendations, you will also learn more about these grinders, as well as how to find the best one and how to use them correctly. Fresh … Read more

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Best Yoghurt Maker

Best Yogurt Maker

Best Yogurt Maker 2020 By making homemade yogurt, you use fresh ingredients, resulting in it having more protein, less sugar and no artificial flavours or sweeteners. I have also found them to be a lot more creamier. In this article I will show you what to look for and my recommendation on the best yogurt … Read more

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The 9 Best Pestle and Mortar Sets in 2020 [Updated]

  Want to grind down your herbs and spices to create a paste or seasoning powder? Find the best pestle and mortar sets, as well as learn how to use it. As well as recommended sets, below you will also find a guide on how to find the best ones for you and also how … Read more

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Craft Gin Club Reviews

Craft Gin Club Reviews – Thoughts From An Actual Club Member Love gin and looking for Craft Gin Club Reviews? you have come to the right place! I am an active subscriber and receive my subscription once per month. Below you can find my honest review of the service, as well as a highlight to … Read more

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Cooking 101

Best Spice Grinders

Best Spice Grinder

Best Spice Grinder 2020 Are you looking to grind your own freshly ground spices and herbs? Below you will find the best spice grinders of 2020. As well as these recommendations, you will also learn more about these grinders, as well as how to find the best one and how to use them correctly. Fresh … Read more

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Best Yoghurt Maker

Best Yogurt Maker

Best Yogurt Maker 2020 By making homemade yogurt, you use fresh ingredients, resulting in it having more protein, less sugar and no artificial flavours or sweeteners. I have also found them to be a lot more creamier. In this article I will show you what to look for and my recommendation on the best yogurt … Read more

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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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