#ChefsEyeChefsTable winner Luca Rosati @Luca.rosati

We at ChefsEye had great pleasure speaking to the winner of our March competition Luca Rosati who is currently a private chef in Tuscany, Italy.

We all love Luca’s passion for food. His self-confidence and flamboyance is inspiring many chefs all over the world, Lucas philosophy reminds us of the great man himself Massimo Bottura.

Not only is Luca a great chef he is also a professional sommelier with a great eye for a bottle of wine.

We asked Luca some questions.

ChefsEye: Why do you enjoy being a chef?

Luca: I’d like to know my cuisine and my skill to my customers. My cuisine sometimes is simple and sometimes complex. I love to mix flavours.

ChefsEye: Give one piece of good advice?

Luca: Be curious, curiosity leads to great things.

ChefsEye: Where do you work?

Luca: I’m working like a private chef, doing cooking classes in San Gimignano, Tuscany in Italy.

ChefsEye: Who is the best chef alive in your eyes?

Luca: The best chef alive is Daniel Humm and Massimo Bottura.

ChefsEye: Who inspires you?

Luca: My Grandmas inspire me.

ChefsEye: Whats your favourite dinning experience?

Luca: Its not simple, A little restaurant on the sea close to my house. Its not famous but i find the food to always be very good.

ChefsEye: Whats the worst attribute a chef can have in a kitchen?

Luca: Maybe being stupid or you can not do anything.

ChefsEye: How long do you see yourself being a chef for?

Luca: I don’t know, till my fantasy and curiosity stops.

ChefsEye: What do you inspire to be?

Luca: Just myself and telling my cuisine through my dishes.

Make sure to follow Luca on Instagram at @luca.rosati.

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Hard work only pays off when it meets the right plan of action.

Personally I have been a chef for almost 12 years, when I was starting out i was quickly told what it takes to be a chef,  long hours, hard work and little pay. I accepted that and knew my time will eventually come as did you.

It saddens me to see all these chefs today who are complaining about our industry, to many hours, little pay etc if you want better pay then go study something, if you want to have better hours then go work in a place that can give you 9-5 or study something! But if you want to produce good fresh food then you have to work hard for it.

Yes we are not in a high paid job and have to pay our bills but our training does not cost as much as it does to be a lawyer or an engineer. We are in a sector where we are busiest at the evening times and we relay on recommendations and nothing is certain, 1 bad review or bad practise can damage or close the restaurant down. We helped the industry the way it is today, 10-15 years ago not everyone could be a chef but today anyone can be a chef, good or bad.

The biggest thing what annoys me is that we have chefs who think they can consult and run kitchens but can’t run their own bloody kitchen at home, we have chefs who want to be famous before they can cook, we have chefs who don’t want to peel potatoes because it’s not cooking. How about you respect the process of preparation of a dish it teaches more than just peeling a potato, it teaches you time management, respect of the ingredients and also not to bloody over cook the potatoes. Some of these chefs are poisoning our future chefs and our trade. These chefs are the ones complaining about our trade, fallen out of love with the trade or simply stuck in a rut looking for a way out.

If you love what you do it’s not a job!

The next generation of chefs are all forgetting these fundamental skills to be a chef, a high volume of young chefs want to be head chef before they can manage themselves never mind a brigade. Yes everyone wants a dish on the menu its human nature and yes everyone wants to be paid what they deserve. If you turn up to work everyday changed and ready to start at your scheduled time, hard-working, honest and passionate then you are in the right direction because talent you can teach but you can not teach passion.

Don’t run before you can walk.

Hard work only pays off when it meets the right plan of action.

@Chefrorylovie recipe for a Rum Baba sponge cake.

Ingredients:

  • Plain Flour x 250g
  • Fresh Yeast x 15g
  • Soften Butter x 100g
  • Eggs x 6
  • Salt x pinch
  • Honey x 2 Tblsp

Rum Syrup:

  • Sugar x 200g
  • Water x 200ml
  • OVD Rum x 100ml

Method:

  • Beat all together and bake at 180’c for 10-15mins.
  • Before you send the dessert, soak the Rum syrup over the top and let it sit for a few minutes.

Make sure to follow Rory 0n Instagram @chefrorylovie, also follow @chefs_eye, @ce_plus and @ce_sweettooth for much more.

Bohns! The Best Burgers and Spiced Rubs in the East Midlands.

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Once Again the team at @Chefs_eye have been very lucky, not only did we get to try the burgers they also let us taste the homemade rubs they make and sell online at http://www.bohnsrubs.co.uk for a ridiculously low price 65g for £3.25 and 125g for £4.45. So the more grams you buy the more flavour you can use, think about that when you are enhancing your chicken breasts or massaging that pig.

As you can see the spiced rubs come with not only an incredible flavour and packaging  but also a quirky name that you will always remember and even make your GranDad laugh at the same time.

When we spoke to Tom and Jeff it was made very clear how passionate these guys are, about “rubbing their meats” with the Bohns spices, on the website you will find recipes and videos on exactly how to use the Bohns products.

The burgers on the other hand are something else, something you read about, something you hear about but never really get to try that burger of your dreams. Bohns burgers are something you will never forget, and yes for all the right reason. The flavour made you want to have another bite, the appearance made you want to stare and take a picture, the juices made you want to lick your fingers and go again and then you wash this all down with a side of spiced fries. We loved it.

You can find Bohns Burgers at the Post House venue, Victoria street, Derby, England, DE1 1EQ.

ChefsEye really thinks everyone should support there locals a lot more. You can go to FiveGuys, Burger King, Byron etc and sure you will probably eat but that’s about it. Where as places like Bohns Burgers who make their burgers fresh every day, cook the burgers to order and serve with the freshest ingredients that will ensure you a better dining experience. Many of these big chains have all forgotten the passion behind every burger, every flip counts.

Make sure to visit Bohns on Instagram @bohnsfinest, also joins us @chefs-eye, @ce_plus and @ce_sweettooth for much more.

http://www.bohnsrubs.co.uk.

 

 

ChefsEye eating out at Numan Restaurant in Kaunas, Lithuania.

ChefsEye has heard many great things about Numan Restaurant in Kaunas, Lithuania so we decided to book a long weekend away.

When we arrived on a busy Friday night at Numan Restaurant we were very excited and intrigued to see what they can do. As soon as we opened the door we were greeted with big warming smiles from all the waitresses and a very modern interior inside, simple but unique.

You can choose between a 3 course, 6 course and a 10 course tasting menu. We all went for the 6 course tasting menu in which one of our guest was a vegetarian, when we sat down we reminded our waitress that we had a vegetarian and we also stated it when we did the online booking, She told us that the 6 course tasting menu is mainly fish and vegetables. But bizarrely you have no idea what you are going to eat on the night because there is no menu presented till you leave. This caused us a lot of confusion and our vegetarian guest kept getting a fish dish after fish dish, she did her best eating what she could and then gave the fish away. She doesn’t like the taste of fish and that’s why she said she is a Vegetarian and the only meat dish was substituted for a fish dish. So do they know what a vegetarian is? Whilst we waited an average 30mins for every course of food to come out we grew very impatient.

We started of with a crispy potato string ball, dill mayo and cisco roe and vinegar & koji powder, this was very nice and light and a good start to the evening.

Second course we received was a beetroot dish which was dehydrated and then rehydrate again clever idea but a pointless dish it was supposed to be smoked and the burning of pine on the table was pointless as the beetroot was no bigger than an inch was gone in seconds.

The bread was cooked in a modern way, light like a microwave sponge but lacked so much flavour, I cant even remember what the taste was suppose to be. It was accompanied with a burnt butter mixed with kefir and scallop roe powder on top again this wasn’t to nice, Very sweet and grainy.

The oyster was a nice dish, full of flavour and fresh with a pear ponzu and pickled dill.

Cured scallop was a beautiful looking dish, great technique with a fresh compressed cucumber and an elderflower & grilled cucumber vinegar, the cucumber vinegar was the star ingredient, we could not taste elderflower anywhere and the scallops was blitz till smooth and manipulate to set like a jelly to form long strips. Why do this to a sweet beautiful scallop it didn’t enhanced any flavour what so ever.

Squid dish was amazing, tarragon was there, fermented cabbage was beautiful, and the mussle foam was lovely, the couple of pieces of seeweed is not needed. This dish split opinions but we all agreed that the squid was treated with respect and cooked perfectly.

The beef entrecote was a great dish. Loved the blueberry leather and the beetroot, black garlic teriyaki sauce was nice.

The dessert was the best dish of the night!!! Even though you could not taste the plum seed cream, the white chocolate & yoghurt “ganache” was more like a frozen parfait than a melt in the mouth ganache it was very tasty and fresh worked perfectly with the pickled cucumber. Good job the waitress asked if we enjoyed our last dish and only then we knew we had finished the meal.

So all in all it took 5 of us 4 and half hours to eat 6courses, average 30min wait for every dish, vegetarian had fish dishes all night but the bread. Even the butter came with scallop powder. The chef kept coming out to one of the tables (special guest maybe) all night, we like to see the chef now and then but when your busy and every table is waiting for food to come out at least respect your other guests and lead your brigade in the kitchen.

Unfortunately we will not recommend Numan Restaurant to anybody and sadly it maybe the worst experience ChefsEye has ever had.

Food 3/5

Service 3/5

Atmosphere 2/5

Price 2/5

You can follow Numan Restaurant on instagram @numan.restaurant.

#ChefsEyeChefsTable winner Jason Brown @chefjasonbrown

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We at ChefsEye had the great pleasure to catch up with the winner of our competition for September Jason Brown who currently is the Executive pastry chef at Nel Restaurant in Surry Hills in Sydney.

Everyone at ChefsEye agree that Jason Brown is definitely a chef to watch, with his flair, panache and attention to detail he has a great future ahead of him.

Nel Restaurant currently do 1 sitting Tuesday-Thursday with a maximum 44 guest and Friday and Saturday with 2 sittings with a maximum 91 guest. Jason did say it all depends on the table layout which means it could be slightly less or slightly more seats available on the day. For no disappointment make sure to book in advance as seats do sell very quickly.

We did ask Jason some questions.

ChefsEye: What do you inspire to be?

Jason: I inspire to hopefully have my own restaurant, dessert restaurant and be recognized for what I do and serve. Not through tv or anything like that but through industry and clientele respect.

ChefsEye: What’s the worst attribute to have in a kitchen?

Jason: Worst attribute in the kitchen is to be a robot. Too many chefs I have come across are great at doing the job but cant think outside the box.

ChefsEye: Who inspires you?

Jason: Inspiration comes from many people and places, in the industry I love what Francisco Migoya is doing at Modernist Cuisine but I also find inspiration through everything in life that surrounds you on a daily basis.

ChefsEye: Why do you, enjoy being a chef?

Jason: I enjoy being a chef because of the satisfaction and passion that comes with the industry. You are constantly learning every day not just from people you work with but your surroundings. Its a very rewarding industry.

ChefsEye: Who is the best chef (alive) in your eyes?

Jason: Best chef alive would be a hard one as those that have changed the world such as Ferran & Albert Adria and also Heston Blumenthal, Grant Achatz, Rene Redzepi, but again each one has there strong points and have changed the direction for the better in certain ways. Pastry is still Francisco Migoya for the knowledge that he is impairing through Modernist Cuisine.

ChefsEye: Whats your favourite dinning experience?

Jason: Favourite dinning experience…..I’ve dined at many and to be honest each one of the top 3 has been good for each style. The Fat Duck in Melbourne was incredible, service, technical ability and story telling. Noma in Sydney was amazing for the produce and service. Sepia in Sydney was where my favourite dishes come from still.

ChefsEye: Give one piece off good advice?

Jason: Good advice would be to always question, never be satisfied with anything as there is always better and this gives you the drive to improve and learn.

Make sure to follow Jason Brown on Instagram @chefjasonbrown and Nel Restaurant @nelrestaurant.

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Brandy Snaps.

Icing sugar x 200g
Butter x 75g
Milk x 75g
Flour x 50g
Pectin (x58) x 5g
Salt x pinch

Melt butter and milk.
Hand blend all the ingredients together.
Put in the fridge to rest for atleast 2-3hours.

Using a piping bag or a spoon make circles roughly the same size remembering they will melt and spread so leave some space.

Cook at 170’c

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Add 6g off cocoa powder but also take away 6g from the flour for a chocolate brandy snap, works with any flavored powder. For a pistachio paste add 9g and take away from the butter, also works with any flavored paste and for a flavored liquid take away 10g from the milk.