Samantha, Mile End

Food has always played a big part in my life. My childhood, a lot of it, was spent in the kitchen talking with family and absorbing our mother’s cooking (and a bit of our father – I put down any Indian influence on my cooking to his three-day curries, and Madhur Jaffrey).

Many things that I know, I learnt almost by osmosis as a child. Because food was so important naturally this extended to developing a love of eating. A simple dish of a sliced tomato with a torn basil leaf where flavours complement and colours excite can be as delicious (at the right time of year) as a plate of my favourite Spanish chicken.

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