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Quaglino's head chef James Hulme

An interview with Quaglino’s head chef James Hulme

By Felicity Williams on 28th March 2017

An iconic restaurant hidden within historic and stylish St James’s in London, Quaglino’s is known for its style and glamour, which are in huge doses. Serving thoroughly delicious contemporary European food and not to mention the legendary cocktails, it makes the restaurant a sure fire hit.

We spend five minutes with the head chef, James Hulme of this much loved London restaurant.

How did you get into the industry?
I had been working part time from a young age in restaurants that my dad supplied, went to uni, studied maths and realized I was working “part time” doing 50hrs per week and only 10 hours of lectures so had to reassess what I really wanted to do.

Where did you learn your skills?
Mostly on the job, through different chefs I have worked with and reading. These days Instagram and twitter help with developing new techniques or ideas.

Quaglino’s is known for its style and glamour

What is your signature style?
I wouldn’t say I have a particular dish, but I always try to be seasonal, utilize as much of the ingredient as possible.

What is your favourite dish to cook?
Cooking a lovely thick piece of fish correctly always makes me smile when I remove it from the pan, the right amount of crisp skin and then moist tender flesh.

Which is your food guilty pleasure?
Probably more than I should, but we have some great little pizza places around west London that the wife and I frequent far too often.

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