Getting To Know You: Inside The Mind Of A CookUnity Chef

At CookUnity, chefs make delicious food. We love that we can get to know them through their choices of ingredients, dishes, and styles of cooking, but we thought, “why not go a little deeper?” We sat down with Edward Rodwell to talk about what inspires them, turns them on, and keeps them cooking.

What is your earliest memory in the kitchen?
Who most influenced your cooking?
What ingredient do you use most in your cooking?
Coffee or tea or whiskey?
What’s your favorite sound in the kitchen?
Savory or sweet?
What is your favorite CookUnity dish you’ve made and what inspired it?
What would your last supper look like?
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What is your earliest memory in the kitchen?

I was 9. Coming home from school, I decided to prepare a diner for my mum, following a recipe from a cookbook called “Homemade Sausage Roulades.” When my mum arrived at the house, she totally panicked that I’d used the oven alone. I mean PANICKED! I was quickly forgiven, however, after she saw (and tasted) how amazing the dinner came out. Ha!

Who most influenced your cooking?

My Grandparents were a huge influence. My mum is French and my dad is English. Growing up, my summers were shared between Brittany, France, and Norwich, UK. As kids, my sisters and I spent lots of time helping and cooking in kitchens with my family.

What ingredient do you use most in your cooking?

Shallots. Right now, I’m obsessed with chopped shallots in yogurt, with a little salt and pepper, and a drop of olive oil. It’s an amazing sauce that you can put on anything. Shallots are also loaded with vitamins!

Coffee or tea or whiskey?

Tea. My current favorite, Paris Tea, is from Fred’s at Barney’s New York. But if we’re talking about a nightcap; McCallan 18, on the rocks.

What’s your favorite sound in the kitchen?

Laughter. We always have fun in the kitchen.

Savory or sweet?

Ummm.. Hard to choose. Savory. I could never refuse some fried rice with Nam Pla for breakfast, for instance.

What is your favorite CookUnity dish you’ve made and what inspired it?

My whole wheat apple walnut cake. I’m always researching recipes in old books and magazines. I find it interesting to use old recipes and update them with modern ingredients and cooking techniques.

 

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