Meet The Chef at English's of Brighton
PUBLISHED: 11:53 06 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:53 20 February 2013
This month we meet Gavin Leigh, the man in charge of the food at English's of Brighton. He likes to keep the menu changing with the seasons
Name: Gavin Leigh
Establishment: English's of Brighton
What is your Signature Dish?
Honestly, I don't really have one because I'm constantly changing with the seasons and I easily get bored with repeating dishes over and over. My favourite dish at the moment is; Pan fried local skate, lentil vinaigrette, salami and celery salad. It is the last of the local skate right now and it's really at the best its been all season. The earthiness of the other ingredients really compliment the taste of the skate.
How long have you been a chef?
Where did you start your career?
The Savoy, London
What made you want to become a chef?
I had an interest in food from a very young age, and was lucky to be offered an apprenticeship in a premier London hotel at the age of 16. I knew it was an opportunity not to be missed.
Who has influenced you most?
Daniel Phippard & Julian Ward - my two good mates that I met during my apprenticeship. Its almost 20 years on and we still have a boyish rivalry.
What do you enjoy most about being a chef?
I particulary love the creative process; the way a dish starts out in my head and culminates in this delicious thing on the plate. Its really about how it evolves along the way.
Being a chef has also given me the opportunity to travel, having
worked in some of the best kitchens in America and New Zealand amongst others.
Your top cookery tip for readers?
Keep it seasonal and above all simple
Your must-have kitchen gadget?
A smoker. Its amazing what results you get from a myriad of products.
Who would you like to cook for?
Family and friends are always the top of my list