So, This is Me, Paul – 46 years young living on the beautiful Isle of Wight, with my beautiful wife and amazing children William (10) and Charlotte (7). I’m also now a grandad to a lovely little boy called Caleb!
My food journey started way back in 1994 at catering college where I stayed for 3 years before a change of career choice launched me into the motor industry, where I enjoyed a hugely successful career. Throughout these times I increased my own food knowledge by self teaching and practicing. I love creating dishes of my own, my own recipes, my own food. I love cooking for people, my wife, my kids, my family, my friends – in fact anyone! It relaxes me, it lets me explore my creative side and gives me the opportunity to express myself in my food and make it really yummy.
I’ve also enjoyed some quality professional training, including a session with Mr Raymond blanc himself and attended several training course at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons cookery school.
It has to be seasonal and local food where possible – too many foods are eaten throughout the year that are flown in from all over the world when they don’t grow here, that’s so wrong in my opinion. Of course there are some products that never grow here but do we need to eat strawberries from Egypt in January? Or wait for our amazing English grown strawberries? “There’s a reason it’s in season!”
Oh, I’ve also appeared on Channel 4 come dine with me, a truly brilliant experience where I met some amazing people!