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Meet Russell – CJUK Chef of the Month September 2018!

Written on 08-Oct-2018

Congratulations to CJUK Chef, Russell, who has been won our ‘Chef of the Month’ Award for September 2018!

We asked him a few questions about his Chef career so far…

Russell Chef PosterHow long have you been a Chef for?

Just passed my 30 year anniversary! September 1998 was my first full time job where I started as a Commis Chef at Aberystwyth University. 

Why did you become a Chef?

I did some part time work at school and settled into it. I found out at college that I had a knack for it so I went to study it at college!

What is your favourite dish to cook and why?

Indian and Indonesian food. I like spices and different food.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever been asked to cook?

I worked on QE2 and they give special orders where they pay a certain amount and can order whatever they want.

Three people on one table ordered a whole lobe of foie gras en croute… 1Kg each!

Have you ever cooked for a celebrity?

In my last job I cooked for many famous people including Prince Charles and Barack Obama. I also cooked when I was at the G10 summit in Wales 5 years ago!

What is the best job you have ever had?

InterContinental in South Korea.

What is the best thing about being a Chef?

You get to meet loads of crazy people and travel as far and wide as you want!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Cake! I once worked with CJUK in Evesham and the pastry Chef there was phenomenal. She made a pistachio and polenta cake which was absolutely amazing!

What three words sum up why you work for CJUK?

  • Fun
  • Flexible
  • Plenty of cash
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