Today I am thrilled to be interviewing MasterChef Champion 2015, Simon Wood. A very worthy winner I am sure you will agree!
What is your earliest memory of a meal you cooked and enjoyed?
I remember making a simple Omelette and a salad with my dad when I was very young. It's still something I make as a quick go to now when I’m pushed for time!
You worked at McDonalds when you were younger, I read that burgers are a guilty pleasure of yours, how do you make your own burgers?
I like to use Brioche buns and minced turkey… With a few added extras!
Which cookery writers past or present inspire you?
Elizabeth David is definitely a huge inspiration, she revolutionised British cookery.
What is your favourite sandwich?
Smoked Mackerel and Horseradish (lots of it!)
I see that you enjoy Italian food, do you have a favourite dish that you cook yourself from a region in Italy?
My favourite has to be my Wild Mushroom Ravioli and Pangrattato.
Wild Mushroom Ravioli and Pangrattato Photo reproduced with permission from Simon Wood.
Are you particular about which alcohol to drink with the various dishes that you cook?
I see that you like to cook everything from scratch, do you think you would cope on a Desert Island?
Absolutely, ingredients wouldn’t get any fresher than that!
Sunday Lunch, Pork, Sage and Onion And Buttered Greens, Photograph reproduced with permission from Simon Wood
Do you have time to go out with your friends still and if so, are you a pie and a pint man when you go to the pub?
I do have time to go out with friends and family, I will always make time as I think its important. However I'm more of a wine and anti pasti & olives person, than pie and pint!
Simon preparing one of his many winning dishes
Your winning courses for the MasterChef final looked absolutely amazing, have you served those dishes to your friends or family before or since?
I’ve made the dessert since (I cooked a version on ITV1's This Morning) but they were very intricate dishes to make and I haven’t had time to do them all again yet.. although I’m certain they will make an appearance!
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
At the moment I'm reflecting on what has happened and where I want my journey to take me next! This will be somewhere in food but I do need to sit and look at everything that is available and being offered to me - it's been, and still is, crazy!
Thank you so much for your time Simon, I do hope you have a fabulous new career in the Food Industry. Please let us know if and when you plan to open your own restaurant!