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PUBLISHED: 22:36 02 February 2015 | UPDATED: 22:36 02 February 2015
The Roslin Beach Hotel's Edward Curtis-Thomas tells Essex Life about swapping hods for hobs and the moment he was awe-struck in a kiwi moment
Where do you work?
I am sous chef at The Roslin Beach Hotel in Thorpe Bay.
What is your earliest food memory?
Chewing on naan bread when I was very little.
What was your first ever job and where was it?
I had a paper round at Patels News in Stanford le Hope and my first kitchen job was at Middlethorpe Hall in York.
What was it about food which excited you enough to make a career out of it?
I just wanted to be able to make the things I saw in the shops and on television and for some reason the method involved in making bread always fascinated me.
If you weren’t on the stoves, where would you be now?
I’m not really sure, probably still on a building site somewhere.
Who would you love to cook for and why?
I love cooking for the whole of my family, there’s always a good excuse for a family gathering.
How would your team describe you?
Friendly, open and relaxed (I hope).
Which is your favourite dish to prepare?
A pie — it doesn’t matter which. I love to cook any kind of pie.
Who was your inspiration to take up cooking and how do they impact on what you do now?
Definitely my mum and dad. My dad is a chef and even now he keeps giving me tips and general advice. Mum is always cooking at home and asking for advice too, but she is great in the kitchen and doesn’t really need any.
Which are your favourite ingredients to work with?
Butcher’s pork and wine.
Are there any celebrity moments you can share with us?
I got to meet Martin Johnson, the former England rugby player, in New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup once. I’ll never forget that. I have never been so nervous asking for a picture!
Tell us a bit about you at home — where do you originally come from and how did you end up here?
Well dad never wanted me to be a chef, so I changed jobs a lot and I ended up on a building site. I left there and dad was working at the Rectory at the time and needed someone to wash pots – thankfully I have never looked back.
At home — who lives there and who cooks most of the time?
I currently live with my mum and dad and my fiancé, Kaylie. Mum does the cooking though.
When I’m not in the kitchen, I love nothing better than…..
Spending time with my fiancé Kaylie, reading and generally chilling out.
When I was little I wanted to be….
Rich, so I could always play.
Are there any kitchen disasters you can tell us about?
Chef Gary Rhodes was filming for a BBC charity choir and I was there, but I think the crew wished I wasn’t as throughout the filming I couldn’t stop chuckling.
If you could change one thing about you, what would it be?
I wish I had better eye sight.
What is still on life’s list of things to do?
I want to buy a house, get married and go to the Rugby World Cup Final.
Can you share your three top tips for the kitchen?
Have a sharp knife, use good ingredients and love what you do.
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The Roslin Beach Hotel
10-12 Thorpe Esplanade
Southend on Sea