Human nature is bloody scary. We all like to think that if it happens to us we would take the high road or whatever, but when chaos reins the layer of civility peels off faster than a ripe banana skin.
This is a blast from the past or my own contribution of sort to the recent 10-year challenge craze. Normally, I’m not the one for internet crazes, nor am I a particularly nostalgic person, but I found this album while looking for a photo of an old dish and thought why not. It was an interesting trip, one of the first ones with that job actually.
I am all for Whole Foods when in North America or the UK, but when in France you can’t beat a fresh fruit and veg market. The quality of produce is superior, but more than that, it’s the atmosphere, the good and the grumpy, the smells and the sounds. I love it all. Because of my job I spend a lot of time in markets, but you’ll probably find me in one of the below-mentioned markets at least once or twice a week even when I am not working.
I have been in Portofino many times in my 12 years as a private chef. It was my first destination on board a superyacht and I still love it. It is tiny, but breathtakingly beautiful. It is also eye-wateringly expensive. The chef in me gets a bit snobby because I always feel the food offered in most restaurants is average, but l guess it's about the whole experience. Also, average food in Italy is still pretty nice by any standards.
There is no rule book to being a chef on a yacht, at least there isn't one that works in every situation because, obviously, on each yacht you are working with different captains and different owners. If I am to offer any advice it would be to try and start with common sense and be prepared to learn as you go. Since I firmly believe in sourcing local produce whenever possible, when on Capri I use the fish, fruit and vegetables that are from the island and the surrounding sea.
Here is the last part of this mini series. I think this one is more cinematic. The wife told me to put music over it with no singing. I listened.
This is a spectacular part of the world. I only discovered it through working on board super yachts, which makes me grateful for this job I do. Definitely going to come back with the family next year. The beaches are excellent, food good and cheap, very laid back lifestyle.
Hope you like it.
I often misplace and lose things – mostly in a non-exciting way – but the other day I dropped my wallet in the Antibes Marina. This does not technically qualify as misplacing or losing, I knew exactly where the wallet had gone, but still. Oh my god, if I had lost that a week before my boss arrives I would have had a lot of explaining to do. Thankfully Steven, one of the crew, got into his wetsuit and went down to find it. And he did find it! I would have had to cancel two work credit cards and 4 of my own. Thanks Steve, you are a legend.