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Stir it up magazine March 2017

Read e rs ' Li ves 6 Most interesting fact about you: I love to compete in charity challenges, for example last year’s 100km run and Lights Out Boxing Events. 4 MARCH 2017 COOKS CALENDAR MARCH cockles Cabbage crab watercress spinach rabbit leeks radishes sorrel What’s in Season? cucumber APRIL kale What’s in Season? 1 Name: Gareth Crosby 2 Job title: Executive chef, Johnson & Co 3 Place of work: Pedler and The Beautiful Pizza Boy (both in Peckham Rye) 4 Typical working hours: Always from Tuesdays to Sundays… Hours varying weekly dependent on trade and events. 5 How long have you worked in the catering industry? I have been in the industry for 16 years. I started my first job in a brasserie as a KP/waiter when I was 14. 7 Favourite cuisine: I love a curry…and a ‘guilty pleasure’ of Crispy Beef 8 Signature dish: Probably the Frizzle Chicken at Pedler (the only dish that remains on the changing menu). Brined and poached chicken thigh in a crispy gluten-free case, all spice & cheesy grits and my Attitude Sauce…a spicy little number. 9 Must-have kitchen gadget: Although not a gadget, a good knife has got to be the most important thing. However, a speedy induction is useful as well! 10 Top culinary tip You can’t rush perfection… 11 Who is your inspiration and why? My nan…we baked a lot together when I was a kid and she taught me good food, made simply but well has got to be the best way. 12 Favourite Country Range ingredient and why? Sunday roast at Pedler is an important session. We start the gravy on Tuesday and the Country Range Cooking Wine is a great base. Jersey Royal new potatoes celeriac cauliflower COOKS CALENDAR 1 ST DAVID’S DAY BRITISH PIE WEEK 7 BFFF CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION, BIRMINGHAM HILTON METROPOLE www.bfff.co.uk/category/business-conference 13 - 19 NUTRITION AND HYDRATION WEEK www.nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk 15 - 16 SCOTHOT, SECC, GLASGOW INCLUDING THE FINAL OF THE COUNTRY RANGE STUDENT CHEF CHALLENGE www.countryrangestudentchef.co.uk 17 St Patrick’s Day 19 - 22 The International Food and Drink Event, 24 ExCel London www.ife.co.uk RED NOSE DAY www.rednoseday.com 26 Mothering Sunday 1 APRIL FOOL’S DAY 2 CRAFT GUILD OF CHEFS AGM, ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL, KENSINGTON www.craftguildofchefs.org 6 - 7 Hospital Caterers Association Leadership & Development Forum, Europa Hotel, Belfast www.hospitalcaterers .org/news/2016/2017-forum.php 10 - 16 UK Coffee Week www.ukcoffeeweek.com 14 Good Friday 17 EASTER MONDAY 20 Cost Sector Catering Awards Hilton London Metropole www.costsectorcatering.co.uk/awards 23 ST GEORGE’S DAY 6-12


Stir it up magazine March 2017
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