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Meet the chef: Toby Leigh

PUBLISHED: 17:52 22 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:12 20 February 2013

Meet the chef: Toby Leigh

Meet the chef: Toby Leigh

The Chef-patron of Age and Sons in Broadstairs shares his top tips

Meet the chef: Toby Leigh


Chef-patron of Age and Sons in Broadstairs shares his top tips


Tell us about yourself


Im 33 and started cooking about 13 years ago for my uncle, renowned chef Rowley Leigh, at Kensington Place. I then cooked for Alistair Little in Notting Hill Gate and later Adam Robinson at The Chiswick. After a stint in Australia I went to work for Marco Pierre White at LEscargot under Jeff Galvin, and then on to work with John Torode. After this I went to the Anchor and Hope at The Cut, Waterloo, The Blue Bird and then to The Hinds Head with Heston Blumenthal. I came to Ramsgate because there were no restaurants of note and there is charm to Ramsgate. Age and Sons opened in 2008


Whats your signature dish?


The menu changes daily. Its not about signature dishes, Im interested in using ingredients that have their heart in Kent, so rather than melon sorbet, we use a cucumber sorbet. We use local hogget and will use things other chefs dont, such as veal. We try and move in harmony with the farmer, and seasonally. We have a forager and now have chanterelles and perslane.


Your top cookery tip for readers?


Keep it simple. I did a demo at the Broadstairs Food Festival. Honesty is supreme, dont worry about presenting it until its finished.


Who has influenced you most?


My mother. Absolutely. She has a fabulous palate and a straightforward understanding of ingredients, and is one of the few people Rowley would pay attention to.


Your must-have kitchen gadget?


A Pacojet ice-cream maker, which I also use to make sauces. It works in reverse to most ice-cream machines: first you freeze it then you beat it up and churn it. It almost cuts the mixture.


Who would you love to cook for?


Possibly Simon Hopkinson, or Prince Charles I like the way he thinks, he knows his stuff. My grandfather had a dairy farm and was one of the first people to say nitrates were a form of insanity.


CONTACT


Age and Sons


Charlotte Court


Ramsgate CT11 8HE


01843 851515 or info@ageandsons.co.uk


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