When Did You First Have An Interest Cooking?
I grew up with farming, animals, growing our own fruit and vegetables, something always being baked, cooked or going in the oven, so I guess that’s where it all started for me
How Long Have You Been Cooking Professionally?
At 14 I started washing dishes in a local pub, I left school at 16 and enrolled on a catering course, and I’ve been a chef ever since
Where Do You Get Your Inspiration From?
I get my inspiration from the fantastic producers, produce, butchers, growers, fishermen and farmers I’m lucky to have on my doorstep
If You Was Not A Chef, What Would You Want To Do?
If I wasn’t a chef? I’d probably be farming I think, my family were farmers, I’ve family still farming, so I couldn’t do anything else really
How Would You Describe Your Cooking Style?
My cooking style? Asked this a lot and always a difficult one, I’ve changed so much over the years, I was classically trained, but over time I’ve begun to let the ingredients do their thing and keep things simple
What Course Do You Prefer To Cook?
Fish, seafood is my thing, I’m happiest when working with seafood
What Is Your Favourite Dish/Signature Dish to Make?
Of all the things I cook, I love Scallops, I’m proud of a dish of mine that was included in a charity cookbook, Olive oil poached Sea trout with Scallops, Asparagus, Orange and Scallop Coral Sauce, fantastic Spring dish
What Ingredient Do You Love To Cook With The Most?
At the moment I’m into Squid ink! I’m using it a lot at the moment, but it all depends on the season, and what’s good at the time, when asparagus season is here I’ll use it all the time, when the 12 August comes, Grouse, I’m a huge believer in seasonality
What is Your Favourite Dish To Eat?
I love spicy food, especially Thai food, the combination of spicy, salty, Sour, Sweet and fragrant, a winner with me
Which Other Chefs Inspire You?
Keith Floyd, Rick Stein, Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsey, but the Chef I’ve most respect for is Michael Caines, a true gentleman
Any Advice You Would Give To People Wanting To Become A Chef?
Do it! But don’t expect to be a super star, be prepared for the hardest thing you’ll ever do, but the enjoyment you’ll get from people enjoying your food will never be beaten! Sheer bliss
Any Thing You Would Like To Share, IE New Book? Development At Restaurant etc?
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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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