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CHEF MICHAEL MOORE ASK THE CHEF

Savoy trained and extensively traveled, globetrotting Michael is Chef/Proprietor at Michael Moore of Blandford Street Restaurant and he describes his cuisine as `modern global` incorporating influences from culinary experiences acquired in Canada, the Far East, Europe and the Caribbean, “My food is an amalgamation of the experiences and tastes I have acquired from my work abroad.”

This charismatic and amusing personality uses a combination of such wide-ranging ingredients and national tastes that make his dishes unique in character and flavor and sets him apart from his peers. Food writers and journalists from around the globe sing his praises . . . more info

Chef Michael MooreQ: Whom do you most admire for their achievements?

A: Bob Geldof

Q: Who is your favourite chef?

A: Charlie Trotter

Q: With whom would you most like to have dinner?

A: Danny de Vito, Bette Midler, my wife

Q: What would be your desert island disk?

A: The best of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald

Q: What is your favourite British food?

A: Roast pork with crackling

Q: What is your favourite Italian food?

A: Vitello tonnato

Q: What is your favourite French food?

A: Oeuf cocotte

Q: What is your favourite World food?

A: Thai

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Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: To be able to do, what I love doing - cooking

Q: How would you describe eating in the UK to someone who's never visited it?

A: Exciting. Rather than the risky experience it was ten years ago, there is a new consistency of exciting cuisines.

Q: Do you think food in the UK has changed for the better since the days of Duck with Orange and huge helpings of Black Forest Gateau?

A: Definitely! We have now taken advantage of many of the ethnic ingredients, which have been around for the last forty years. It's only in the last ten years, that there has been a much broader approach of trying them all.

Q: What's the best thing about eating in the UK?

A: The variety of cuisines to choose from.

Q: And the worst?

A: People who turn their nose up at foods they know nothing about. For example, Rosemary with Fish . . . and they'd comment it only goes with lamb!

Q: At what sort of place do you regularly go to eat?

A: Nowhere. I work six nights a week and love being in my own kitchen, making my customers happy. When I do get to go out, I usually try to go to a different place each time.

Q: Would you like to live and work somewhere other than the UK and if so where and why?

A: I have lived and worked abroad for over ten years. Therefore I have no intentions of living anywhere else in the foreseeable future. I still love travelling and always pick up some ideas wherever I go.

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Q: What's your favourite food?

A: Duck

Q: When did you first get involved in cooking?

A: At the tender age of 11, when I was helping my mum in the kitchen.

Q: What sort of people have you cooked for during your career. Most memorable or most forgettable?

A: I've cooked for all kinds of people and most of them were very memorable.
If you want the better known ones they range from State Banquets for the Queen and the Sultan of Brunei, Prince Charles, Queen Mum, Princess Diana, Frank Sinatra, a few private dinners for The German World Champion Football team, President Clinton, President Bush senior , Michael Jackson, Stella McCartney (on a desert island), Liza Minelli, Denise van Outen, Meatloaf, Zoe Wanamaker, Brooke Shields, Jenson Button and many more.

Q: Do you ever have regrets that you chose to become a chef?

A: No

Q: What do you think you would have been if you had not become a chef?

A: I don't know as I never thought about anything else but being a chef.

Q: What would be your advice to someone who is thinking of training to be a chef?

A: Believe in yourself, work hard and listen to those, who know better.

Q: The career of one famous chef only came about because his professional football career came to an early close through injury, and one chef's plans to open a restaurant never happened when he became football manager of Aberdeen and later Manchester United. Has fate ever played a part in your career?

A: Not to the very best of my knowledge.

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