Q&A Rowley Leigh

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Rowley Leigh, Chef, Restaurateur and Journalist

The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking

French Provincial Cooking, Elizabeth David. Boring I know

The food of love… What would you cook to impress a potential date

Can’t remember

Your top five dinner guests, dead or alive

Ava Gardner, Ken Dodd, Phyllis Diller, Carey Mulligan and William Shakespeare (for biographical information)

Fast food –  your top snack tip

Good bread

Most memorable meal in  film/literature/painting

The last supper, innit?

Your worst kitchen disaster

You don’t really want to know.

What do you eat  when you get home from the pub [or similar]

 Left over curry takeaway, straight from the fridge

What would you like your final meal to be?

Morphine and Complan

What is your secret talent [in or out of the kitchen]?

Snooker. And I can touch my toes

What did you eat for breakfast today?

Yoghourt, a pear, granola. And maple syrup

Most over-rated/ under-rated food/seasoning/gadget

  1. A steamer
  2. A waterbath

Your inheritance recipes – the one you inherited [and from whom] and the one you’d like to pass on to your children

My mother’s rice pudding. She forgot the rice

Rowley Leigh’s new book A Long and Messy Business (Unbound Publishing, £25) is out on 4 October