John Grabecki Q&A


We take a quick look into the life of Kikkoman Masters 2017 finalist John Grabecki.

Name: John Grabecki

Age: 26

Current Restaurant: BNY Mellon- Aramark

Previous Restaurants: Galvin @ Windows, L’Autre Pied, roux @ Parliament Square

Hometown: Nottingham

Favourite Hobbies: Football

Favourite Cookbook: too many chiefs only one Indian

Favourite Kitchen Gadget: Thermo-mix

Kikkoman Masters Dishes -

Starter: Raw Scallop, Pickled Cucumber, Cucumber & Kikkoman Soy Jelly, Daikon Radish with a Peanut & Lime Emulsion

Main: Bifuteki, Broccoli Shiraae Puree, Lotus Root, Sesame & Almonds

What is your first food memory: My grandads Millionaires Shortbread

Did you grow up in a cooking family: Grandfather was a chef however my parents are not that into food

Who has influenced your cooking the most: Rick Stein

Why did you become a chef? Enjoyed Cooking, liked the Brigade aspect/ working as a team to create greatness

Where did you train? West Herts College

What did you want to be when you grew up? Cowboy

Who are your favourite chefs? Rene Redzepi, Sat Bains, Jason Atherton, Massimo Bottura

Other than your restaurant, what is your favourite restaurant? Pollen Street Social

What music do you enjoy cooking to: House

What was the last book you read? Eleven Madison Sq Park

What do you think is the next food trend? Going back to the classics

What food is your guilty pleasure? Domino’s Pizza

Is there one food you really don’t like? No

Most memorable meal? Hibiscus

Last meal on earth? Noma