Laurence McCarthy, the Salt Room

Chef Lawrence McCarthy Interview

Meet Lawrence McCarthy | The Salt Room

We meet Lawrence McCarthy, the new head chef at Brighton’s Salt Room. A modern British restaurant for locally sourced seafood and grilled meat.

Chef Lawrence McCarthy at The Salt Room

What is your career background and was there a reason for this path?

I’ve always loved working hard and professional kitchens are the ideal environment to challenge yourself.  I started in Tom Aikens kitchen as a commis chef, then moved on to Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, followed by The Ledbury where I stayed for five years, before taking the Head Chef position at Tristan’s in Horsham. 

What excites you the most about heading up the kitchen at The Salt Room?

It’s a new town for me and a new set of goals. 

The Salt Room Private Dining - Chef Lawrence McCarthy interview

What has been your biggest challenge taking over head chef role at The Salt Room?

Joining in December was tough, as with joining any kitchen it takes time to find your feet and we were fully booked every day. 

Where do you take culinary inspiration from?

Cooking at home for my family. 

Three favourite dishes on the menu at The Salt Room?

Mackerel ‘nduja, salted ricotta, sour onions, grilled bread

Flying gurnard, sesame vegetables, kimchi vinaigrette 

Roasted suckling pig, ranch salad, garlic potatoes, green beans

Top three Sussex suppliers? 

BNFS, MCB, Fish Galore 

What is your personal favourite cuisine to eat?

Lebanese

Who inspires you?

Marco Pierre White, Gabrielle Hamilton  

Desert island dish?

Cheese, ham and tomato toastie

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