I steal chicken nuggets from those less fortunate
My whole family are from Leeds, I was born there by chance (3 months premature). I then spent some of my early years in London before moving to Devon to live with my grandparents. Both my parents love traveling and experiencing different cultures, I was lucky enough to tag along on many of their adventures. The different experiences and foods really helped me develop a varied flavour palate and influence the person I am today.
At the age of 6 I was lucky enough to go on holiday to Koh Samui. My step mum took me on a cooking course (I watched and played around with some off e ingredients). Despite my lack of cooking I distinctly remember the taste of my first pad Thai and massaman curry. I was in food heaven.
My nan is the worst cook you could ever come across, she burns beans in the microwave. Her specialty fried mince and onion with mash potato (no thank you). When I was 12 I decided enough was enough and went veggie (I no longer am), this allowed me to get some vegetables on the weekly shop and cook for myself (food freedom finally). My skills have continued to develop. I come from a big family where recipes are passed down from generation to generation. I learnt my home/comfort food from my mum and the more technical exotic cooking from my step mum.
Cooking means everything to me, I have an open door policy to all my friends. If there’s something going on the cooker – they are welcome to a portion. Food forces people to be in the same room and generates conversation (once the eating’s done).
Desserts are something i wish i could do, I am king of savoury. I find that sweet things take that little bit more time and patience. I am hoping to learn some tips and tricks from the other Basement Chefs! Patience and an eye for detail are essential. Once I finish serving up the food, the cloth comes out and food splatters get wiped away. It somehow makes the food seem more desirable.
If there was one thing you’d tell someone new to cooking?
Learn the basics (I’m not joking), like how to chop an onion….YouTube is a great place to start. Follow loads of recipes before you develop your own style!
Words by Ed Morisson