Sunday, 8 May 2016

Get To Know The Chef - Craig Floate.

Who? Craig Floate, Private Chef, Nottingham.

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

"I first had an interest in cooking when I used to help my mum with the Sunday lunch for the family. Even though it was just chopping and peeling I loved it! I was hooked right away just then."

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

"I first started working in a pro college while I was at college doing my catering studies so I would have been around 17. It was a small French restaurant, making everything fresh and my first taste of a la carte cooking. It was small, cramped, fast paced but it was a brilliant learning curve."

3) What's your favourite dish to cook?

"I would have to say anything with lamb. I love cooking with it and also eating it. I am also partial to a nice chocolate fondant also!"

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

"Anything fresh! I love fresh ingredients. I must say butter it one of my favourites! Defiantly makes things taste better when cooked in."

5) What's your perfect comfort meal?

"I love a cooked breakfast. Cant beat it in the morning. I suppose a nice Sunday lunch comes in a close 2nd."

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

"Maybe not a piece of advice but from what I've watched and learnt over the years is to stay calm, take a step back and listen and think. I think you gain a lot more when you stay calm and don't panic in the heat of the moment!"

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

"A sharp knife! Simple."

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

"Maybe a footballer, I always loved playing when I was younger."

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