The one thing do I love most about my job is... feeding people! It's the best thing in the world! I sometimes forget it's a job! Food connects us all and can brings us together regardless of race faith wealth or age, and sometimes if you look close enough to a dish you can see snippets of history. I find it fascinating. Without a doubt the hard work and long hours make it all worthwhile.
I ended up working in my current job as... a cocktail of burn-out, mid-life crisis, and twins! I did a number of stages following my appearance on Masterchef 2012, it allowed me to tap in to my passion for cooking and opened doors to give me a peek into a few Michelin kitchens as well as other establishments, I met so many great chefs that encouraged me and egged me on my way, I'm honoured to be able to call so many of them friends! Eventually I set out with my then brand new BBQ and more than one smoke induced tear and The Weeping Chef was born.
Why St Albans? Was it luck or destiny? we happened to contact the new manager for St Albans market at the time he started 3 1/2- 4 years ago way back before the food court became what it is today, I fell in love with the town and the people and the rest is history.
The best piece of advice I received was be a mushroom (keep your head in the dark and eat shit). It stuck with me! And I've made sure to do the exact opposite every day since
My most memorable moment...without a doubt is working in Le Gavroche for the day thanks to my wife. To be given a mountain of potatoes for "turning" by hand is almost cliché but to then be asked to fix the load someone else did was excellent! Then Keri Moss set me up to work next to her and showed + fed me so much food and knowledge it was memorable!
Memory of St Albans: So many! Buying my first home using a Law firm in St Albans, getting my first brewing equipment from Derek’s (the lovely little wine shop) that I make mead with… a house and some good booze what more can a man ask for?
Place to have a coffee:I must apologize for this one, as a chef and a father of 3 kids my minimum requirement for drink is liquid… I use Nero for convenience as it’s close to me, otherwise I tend to drink gut wrenching strength coffee from a proper Italian percolator at home, I like Kanuka Tea for a treat.
Place to buy a present: I’d say the market! supporting the small businesses that make it what it is, is very important A huge thank you to Alec to answering all my questions, please check back next Thursday to meet my next guest.