“Nothing is more blissful that when I eat with my friends and family. It is a moment of real pleasure that which none can compare, regardless of what you are eating.”
My name is Phillipe, and like most people I went through the tranditional schooling path of going from all the way to university without really understanding what the point of studying was. After leaving my home country, I studied at an English boarding school before graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences, all the while never having taken a humanitarian or art subject throughout my whole life.
While at boarding school in the countryside, I decided to live off campus at a farm for 2 years, where I slowly learnt to cook for myself as well as my fellow housemates. Even now, the fond memories of us all cooking together during the weekends, experimenting with all sorts of crazy ideas, still holds a special place in my heart. It was here that I realized that the best meals are the meals which are shared with loved ones, irespective of the food being served, be it a random conbination of leftover ingredients or the food being slightly burnt.
At university, I continued to cook for my friends, as I soon realized that the time I spent on cooking was more than the time I spent on university work, and that I derived great satisfaction from the act of cooking for other people. As time went on, I started to understand what cooking meant to me. I finally understood that cooking was no longer something I did just to fill my appetite, but was a way for me to express my emotions and how I felt. It was then and there that I decided I wanted to be a chef as a career. Driven by this motivation of self expression, I started to intern at restaurants in London full time during my vacations, even going to pastry school in Paris, before finally working as a full-time chef now.
A recipe has no soul, you as the chef must bring soul to the recipe.
Most of the dishes here are inspired from food I encountered while traveling or talking to people. Some dishes will have ingredients that are easy to find, while others may have more exotic ingredients. The aim of this collection of recipes however, remains the same- as a way for me to share what i’ve learnt throughout my journey, as well as an act of self expression. Because of that, some recipes here won’t come with exact ingredient measurements. This is to allow you to experiement for yourself what works and what doesn’t, while also learning to be flexible with the ingredients you have at hand. In the end, the purpose of this blog is for me to try and allow people to feel and understand the rollercoaster ride of emotions that I have had experienced along the way.
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ~Haruki Murakami