I have always enjoyed since a young age the excitement of going to a restaurant, the feeling of the unknown – what will I choose, what will it taste like and more importantly, will I have room for pudding!
I’ve worked in the hospitality industry since I was seventeen, so have worked with or been around food my whole career. I understand the dynamics in a kitchen the adrenalin of a dinner service and the importance of keeping the diner happy. My partner is a Chef and runs his own kitchen and so the passion never leaves us.
We have two young boys who have the same enthusiasm for food as we do, and we try to take them to as many places as possible to broaden their taste and knowledge.
However, it is always nice to escape once in a while, leave them with their Nana and Grandpa and head to somewhere new, to take our time, soak in the ambience and enjoy scrummy local food over a glass of wine!
What has inspired you to become a food reviewer – or how did it the opportunity come about?
Whenever, my partner or I go out for dinner we always discuss and break down each dish when it arrives, what does it smell like, how is it presented or what would we have done differently.
The same goes for the restaurant itself – how was the welcome, the service and the ambience. All key to the recipe of a good dining experience.
My partner suggested I start writing about my experiences (I think he justs wants to enjoy his food and our time away from the kids!), and so I found Restaurants Brighton and approached them to become a reviewer. And they said yes!
What areas are of great importance to you when you visit a restaurant?
Restaurants need to make sure they make the whole dining experience an enjoyment to the diner. I don’t want to be standing at the door for a long time waiting to be greeted, the menu needs to be easy to read, not over complicated. A good use of fresh and local ingredients is a must, making sure that they make the most of what Sussex has to offer.
The ambience needs to be just right, music is great and can really add to this – but make it too loud and it can ruin the whole experience. The waiting staff need to attentive but not intrusive. I’m also a stickler for toilets, i’ve been to some fantastic places that have been let down by this – its all about the cleanliness!
Which is your favourite food dish or genre of cuisine and why?
Having grown up in Brighton (I go back three generations of Brightonians), I have been spoilt by what the town has to offer, and it is only getting better with new restaurants popping up everywhere offering a new dining experience and genre of food.
Where do I begin. I love the taste explosion and complexity of Indian, Thai or Vietnamese food – the spices and dips that accompany them are to die for and its something that I wouldn’t ever try to cook for myself at home – I wouldn’t ever do it justice!
On the other hand, I love the simplicity and rustic qualities of Italian food. The tearing of the bread, the big sharing dishes that are so flavoursome yet so simple. Devine!