Name: Thomas Rhodes

Age: 32

Current Position: Executive Head Chef, Twickenham Stadium.

Tell us about your current role

I am currently the Executive Head Chef at Twickenham Stadium – the national home of rugby.

How long have you been cooking professionally? 

15 years.

Where did you train to cook?  

Yellow Broom Restaurant In Cheshire.

How would you describe your style of cooking?

A variety really. I have drawn on all my experiences in the past and now compiling them all into my own style!

Do you have a “signature dish”, or a favourite dish you enjoy cooking?

Not really, I really enjoy cooking over coals or wood burning, such as our ceramic BBQ’s.

Do you have a favourite ingredient?

Butter.

Do you have a favourite local supplier?

I love our local cheeses, and butter, we get our butter from Fen Farm Dairies.

Is there another chef you admire?

A lot currently, Tom Brown at Cornerstone is my favourite place to eat currently.

Who is the best chef you’ve worked with and why?

Marco Pierre White, the best chef for the last 30 years, without a doubt!

What is the best restaurant you have eaten at?

El Cellar de con Roca  in Girona, Catalonia, Spain.

Should customers be made to pay for late cancellations?

Yes.

What frustrates you most about customers?

They are now all food critics, through watching too many cookery programmes on TV.

Do you look at TripAdvisor reviews?

Yes, and I also review places.

What career advice would you give to your 15-year old self?

Work hard, and learn as much as you can.

What would be your “last request” dish?

Eggs Benedict.

What is your favourite cook book?

White Heat by Marco Pierre White.

How do you use social media to help you in your job?

I take alot of inspiration from what other chefs and restaurants are creating.  Following food trends through social media.

What is the biggest challenge you face in your job?

Managing 40+ kitchens on a major match day and ensuring the standard is kept throughout them all!

What’s the worst kitchen injury you’ve had?

Poured boiling soup down the back of my hand and had to have a bandage changed by the doctor every day for three weeks!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Pizza, go-to easy food.

And finally, what is your career ambition?

To successfully operate in multiple stadiums, with head chefs in the stadiums who have worked for me previously and learned their skills from me.

You can connect with Thomas Rhodes on Instagram @ChefThomasRhodes or Twiiter @ChefThomasRhode

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