- Who do you regard as your mentor, or the most influential
Chef that you worked for?
R.C - Pierre Koffman, for his total professional "no
bull" approach !
G.C - What inspires you
R.C - Pleasing people, showing off and to find the
same enthusiasm in a commis, and develop that, to pinch
a quote "Turn garbage into gold" !
G.C - Describe your culinary style and philosophy.
R.C - A varied collection of modern style with a firm
grip on classic foundations, what people love to eat
but are just too afraid to ask.
G.C - What drives you / makes you get out of bed
R.C. - The buzz of service; that waiter you were going
to fry; that commis that is starting to shine; the guy
who is for the trash can." A day in the kitchen"
G.C. - What is hot on your menu right now?
R.C. - Inside out crab sushi rolls with crispy fennel
salad, sweet soya glaze and toasted sesame seeds.
G.C. - What makes a great menu?
R.C. - A menu that covers all tastes, something for
the outrageous, the boring, the infirm, the shy and
the loud. A menu that any client can feel comfortable
G.C. - What special products are you using right
R.C. - A lot of Caribbean fish. We have a source who
flies Mahi, Grouper, Yellow Tail Snapper, King Mackerel
and Marlin in fresh each week. Fish like these are rare
to find in Irish restaurants.
G.C. - What do you look for in a chef who wants
to join your team?
R.C. - A spark of enthusiasm....something to work with.
G.C. - What is key in the career development of
an aspiring chef?
R.C. - Don't work in places just because they are rated
the best and you want
to increase your ego. If you are not learning new and
exciting stuff then move on. Don't waste your time.
Go onto the job that you can gain the most from and
when you get to that Michelin star restaurant and the
chef is having you for lunch but you are learning from
him - shut up, knuckle down and say "yes chef".
G.C. - If you are not a chef what would you be doing?
R.C. - A flats guide in the Florida Keys.
G.C. - What question would you like to see asked
of another chef?
R.C. - How many times a day do they ask the question
G.C. - What is your ambition?
R.C. - To drive a dump truck. (G.C. Would that be in
the Florida Keys too?).