Interview with…..Lawrence Keogh

With the fabulous Good Food Show summer coming up at the NEC in June I wanted to bring you a little snippet of last Winters show when I got to pop backstage at the Saturday Kitchen Arena and grab 15minutes with the wonderful Lawrence Keogh.

I have been admirer of Lawrence for a while so I was rather excited/nervous/flustered about this! Lawrence is currently the Head Chef at the prestigious Wolseley Hotel in central London having previously held the reigns at Roast amongst others. He has written several cookbooks in conjunction with Kidney Care UK and He is also a regular on BBC’s Staurday Kitchen where he entertains with a cheeky smile.  Here is what Lawrence had to say…….

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What is your first food memory?

My first and most lasting memory of food at  young age has to be the smell of freshly cooked ham, boiled eggs and beetroot! I remember it so well at my parents home, windows open wide and the hot summer outside and all those aromas mingling together. The meal sounds strange I know, but it was fantastic!

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I’ve trained in many places, London, Australia – I did some time at the Hyatt in Sydney when I was younger so my inspiration comes from all over the place. I worked with Marco Pierre White for a while so certainly his influence had an impression on me. I think all of those experiences have come together to make me cook like I do today. I also now cook very seasonally – I think you have to be inspired by whats around you at any point in time.

Do you have a favourite season or ingredient?

Oh I love all seasons..winter theres all the fabulous root vegetables, game in autumn and then such amazing fruits and vegetables in spring and summer..its very hard to have a favourite! If I had to choose it would probably be spring into summer just because of the huge abundance to ingredients to choose from.

We think that the foodie scene in Birmingham is exploding at the moment – have you been before and where do you like to here whilst here?

Oh I’ve been quite a few times, there are great places to eat! I’d probably get in trouble though if I didm’t say my favourite is Purnell’s – Glynn cooks some amazing food.

You had a kidney transplant several years ago -has this changes the way you cook or think about food?

Yes in a way I think it has. It makes me more mindful of the salt and sugar content of foods particularly. You have to think of the nutritional value of foods and take care on the amounts of salt and fat particularly in recipes – there is a duty of care to your customers. The books I wrote for people with kidney disease were particular focused on this –  and helped people see that you could still eat delicious food even with kidney disease.

What has been your most embarrassing moment in the kitchen?

Probably when I almost set fire to the whole Saturday Kitchen set…….

What’s next for you in your career?

I love what I’m doing at the moment – being at The Wolseley is fantastic and it’s great to do demonstrations on Staurday kitchen and event such as this ( the BBC Good Food Show) so for now I’m content!

Look out for Lawrence on your screens on Saturday Kitchen on the BBC from time to time or for that special occasion why not go and taste his food at The Wolseley down in London.

If you want a taste of the Good Food Show and don’t already have tickets, I’m able to offer my readers 15% off with the code FC20, right up until and during the show (until 15th June) via the call centre (0844 581 1341) or online. So there no excuse for missing out!!!

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