Hi, I’m David and I’m development chef here at Blue Apple. I absolutely love making and tasting new flavours for our customers and now I’ve been asked to share my favourite recipes and give you a little insight into my role and what I get up to day-to-day.
In my capacity as a development chef I write recipes, train our chefs, prepare and present food for our sales team and generally have the best time doing it!
I know that the London attacks are really fresh in our minds at the moment and like everyone I was saddened and appalled at the sight of the violence that occurred at Borough Market.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to give you my views on the state of the nation, nor am I going to wax lyrical on how we tackle the people or groups who carry out these murderous acts for some sort of cause, but I do want to say something about how we as consumers can change our streets and be a force to be reckoned with!
When I was a young chef working in London I continually wanted to expand my food knowledge and seek out new trends (these were the days before funky TV Essex boy chefs) so it was up to me to go out and find the new stuff.
I would often nip out of the restaurant I was working in at the time and dive down to Borough Market and check out what crazy food the guys there would be serving up. The food in those markets was amazing; from Spanish paella to burritos. What I find incredible is the way these have now become staple dishes in our culture, look at some of the exotic ingredients that were NEW at the time; avocado, rocket and couscous! Borough Market has always been at the forefront of introducing new cuisine and ideas not just to London but to food culture across the UK.
I’ve used the word ‘culture’, which is so important. Just think, in the sixties few would have dreamed of eating a curry let alone a totally vegan one or would think to sit down for a hot tortilla wrap filled with refried beans and beef chilli.
What I’m getting at is food has a way of causing us to bond through our food cultures and softens any divide we have. Food has no religion to answer to nor does it discriminate or judge you on your food preferences. Food breaks down barriers and encourages conversation, it plays such an enormous part in OUR lives without offending anyone, it creates healthy debate without anyone getting hurt and it certainly brings people together from all walks of life.
As a nation we embrace ALL food cultures and enjoy them every day without realising it and the people at Borough Market were either drinking and enjoying good company or eating a great plate of food and embracing it. So let’s show those people who want to destroy OUR culture by showing them we can still go out, be ourselves and enjoy a good plate of food with our friends.