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Chef Revelations – Matthew Tomkinson

11 May 2012 by
Chef Revelations – Matthew Tomkinson

What was your best subject at school?
French

What was your first job?
Thatching assistant

What is your favourite restaurant?
Le Gavroche, London

What is your favourite hotel?
The Montagu Arms!

What is your favourite cuisine?
French

What do you always carry with you?
A pallete knife, biro, marker pen and lighter (for the stove)

Which ingredient do you hate the most?
There are very few things I don't like; maybe kidneys

Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
No, but we have an ethical food policy as a company, which means that things like foie gras are not on the menu

Who in catering have you most admired?
The Roux brothers

What was your first job in catering?
A waiter at university

What do you do to relax?
Cycle, walk the dog, read or just sit down

What irritates you most about the industry?
Televised hype - reality TV programmes about this industry are so staged

What is your favourite prepared product?
Nando's Peri-Peri sauce

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Nico Ladenis - he's the reason why I wanted to be a chef not just a cook

If you hadn't gone into catering, where do you think you'd be now?
I would like to think that I would be a famous drummer in a rock band

Tell us a secret…
Being a chef isn't as stressful as everyone says (that should stir things up)

What's your favourite film?
The Big Lebowski

What's your favourite book?
My Gastronomy by Nico Ladenis

If you had more time, what would you do?
Play the drums

Who would be in your fantasy brigade?
Stephen Crane, Martin Hadden, Stephen Drake, Jake Watkins, Andy McLeish, Tim Johnson

Matthew Tomkinson, head chef, Montagu Arms, Beaulie

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