Dad to two fabulous daughters and a cantankerous furball, lucky partner, bit of a chef, onetime restaurant manager, trainer and a trainee techie. I live and work in the Channel Islands with my beautiful family; long-suffering Soupy, two daughters and a fat cat called Cheddar. I’ve now worked on six islands, hence the title of the blog, and in probably just about every type of restaurant you can imagine. From beachside burger joints to famous pizza and jazz joints, and in more than a few really good food pubs, historic country inns, and a former RAC Blue Riband UK Hotel of the Year.
I am lucky enough to live and work in Jersey so I can create recipes like my fabulous grilled Jersey Oysters with Liberation Blonde Ale and a make a stunning version of Ratatouille using the island’s best summer produce, aubergines, courgettes
There are amazing artisan food and drink producers as well as the growers, farmers and fishermen across Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. They make fantastic cakes, pickles, curry sauces, sweets, milk and cheese and small batch gin. They grow and catch hand-dived scallops, oysters, sumptuous seafood, the world famous Jersey Royals, rare breed pigs and Jersey and Guernsey cattle.
I’ve worked as a professional chef in just about every type of restaurant you can imagine, from beach side burger joints to famous pizza and jazz haunts, in more than a few really good food pubs, and a former UK hotel of the year. So whether you are looking for some terrific foodie top tips – like how to peel root ginger with a spoon or maybe you just fancy something a bit different like Chorizo jam! I am sure there will be something for you.
It doesn’t matter if you have never picked up a knife or a pan, follow the techniques and recipes and you will be able to make some really fantastic food. Just as important I hope you and your family have fun. I am posting some of my favourite recipes from over twenty-five years of cooking experience in professional kitchens and using some of the fantastic food here in the Channel Islands . So whatever food you like, baking – there are lots of yummy cake recipes, barbecues, Chinese, I love Chinese food, Italian, sweet or savoury you can explore the blog easily via the archive or search option.