Sunday, 22 May 2016

Get To Know The Chef - Chris Parry.

Who? Chris Parry - Private Chef, Derby.

1) When did you first realise that you had an interest in cooking?

"I've always loved food but as a 16 year old I really got the taste for it, trying to impress a girlfriend at the time I think! It didn't always go to plan! "

2) When did you first start working in a professional kitchen?

"Although I had a 2 year stint on a flambé trolley at a 2 rosette restaurant when I was 18, I didn't officially work in a professional kitchen until 2010 when I was 24."

3) What's your favourite dish to cook?

"Professionally I would say a halibut dish I had on my last menu with Iberico chorizo, black lentils, confit shallot and a tarragon cream. At home I love to cook meals such as spaghetti bolognese and sweet and sour chicken! "

4) Are there any particular ingredients that you like to use and why?

"Most people that know me would say that I over use beetroot! I love the stuff! For me though I would say eggs, butter and sugar as they are a staple ingredient that every kitchen needs to function. "

5) What's your perfect comfort meal?

" A decent pizza or curry!"

6) What's the best piece of advice that you've been given by a fellow chef?

"To follow my dream"

7) What do you consider to be the most important piece of equipment to have in the kitchen?

"Blimey, tough one! It has to be the stove top! "

8) If you hadn't become a chef, what would you like to have been doing as a career?

"I would have probably gone into personal training or some kind of job in fitness. "

Thanks for taking part Chris! Recently, Chris has begun a new venture which involves private catering, pop up restaurants and consultancy, so if you're interested in any of those then be sure to drop him a line!


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