Stefan Sewell Q&A


We take a quick look into the life of Kikkoman Masters 2017 finalist Stefan Sewell.

Name: Stefan Sewell

Age: 29

Current Restaurant: RAF Wittering Officers’ Mess

Previous Restaurants: Previous Royal Air Force Stations, all messes

Favourite Hobbies: Football, fishing and cookery

Favourite Cookbook: Escoffier

Favourite Kitchen Gadget: Japanese mandolin

Kikkoman Masters Dishes -

Starter: Warm marinated sea trout with cucumber, fennel and yuzu

Main: Three stage lamb chump, quinoa, variations of parsnip, sprouts & fig

What is your first food memory: My mum’s cheese and potato pie

Did you grow up in a cooking family: No

Who has influenced your cooking the most: Mainly, the MoD Culinary Arts Team chefs

Why did you become a chef? I found a passion for food during training

Where did you train? RAF Halton

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

Who are your favourite chefs? Paul Ainsworth, Tom Kerridge, Daniel Clifford, Sat Bains

What is your favourite restaurant? No. 6 by Paul Ainsworth in Padstow

What music do you enjoy cooking to: R&B, Hop-Hop, Soul

What was the last book you read? Desserts by David Everitt Matthias

What is your favourite ingredient (apart from Kikkoman Soy Sauce)? Baby beetroot

What do you think is the next food trend? Fine dining street food

What food is your guilty pleasure? Chocolate biscuits

Is there one food you really don’t like? Sweet & sour sauce

Worst kitchen nightmare? Someone’s using my prep

Most memorable meal? Paul Ainsworth’s Great British Menu Dessert: A Trip to the Fairground

Last meal on earth? Chicken Tikka Dhansak