Where were you born?
How long have you been in your present job.
Two years at Societi Bistro
What is your favourite dish to cook?
I can’t just mention one dish. I love one pot wonders. Cassoulets or Pea a la François. This is made with chicken stock, bacon, onions and mint. I’m making it right now. I love simple stuff.
What is your favourite dish to eat?
The same type of food which I love to cook. Simple. I love aubergine and ricotta cheese and I’ve gotten into chilli recently. Just a little bit of chilli in a dish.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Making something special out of a bunch of raw ingredients.
What’s the worst thing about your job?
The cleaning, but it has to be done.
Can you name a restaurant in Cape Town you like?
I ate in the Foodbarn recently and that impressed me.
If you were not a chef what would you be doing?
I was going to study investment banking. In fact my brother is doing that now, and I’m the chef.
What’s your favourite food memory?
Whenever I take roasted peppers out of the oven I think of a restaurant in Athens Greece. All they serve as a starter are roasted peppers with olive oil and sea salt. Once I get that smell I’m back in Athens instantly. The dish is so simple but I love it. The power of memory and food and smell is something which fascinates me.