Chef Q&A: Taj Uddin of Prithvi
PUBLISHED: 11:07 02 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:07 02 July 2019
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Taj Uddin of Prithvi takes his inspiration from the wisdom of experienced home cooks… top of the list being his mother
Name: Taj Uddin
Address: 38 Evesham Road
Tel: 01242 226229
What is your earliest memory of food?
Mother's home cooking. What's better than simple wholesome cooking that's been handed down from generation to generation; cooked the way it has always been cooked without the pretensions of the experimental cooking that is so prevalent nowadays.
Tell us about your menu.
Traditional, but refined by an understanding of the component parts that make up the finished dish.
How often do you change your menu?
Which dish on the menu would you recommend to a customer?
All. All our dishes are tested and trialled, and only introduced when I am happy.
What initiated your interest in cooking?
My allergies; I couldn't trust just anyone else's cooking, and had to learn to cook for myself.
How would you describe your approach to food?
Deliberate. I like to break down the chemistry of why and how the nature of food changes due to different cooking procedures.
What advice would you give to a novice?
Taste is an opinion. The more opinions in your favour, the more successful your endeavours.
Have you ever had any cooking disasters?
Every dish is a disaster until you work at it.
What has been your most memorable (or unusual) meal?
Lobster thermidor - it nearly killed me!
Which chef has been your greatest inspiration?
My mother, for telling me how difficult I was to cook for. I am left field; I really do take my inspiration from home cooks.
What is your favourite local ingredient?
Being so close to Evesham, asparagus in season can't be beaten for taste.
What's in your fridge at home?
What my children like, so nothing special at all, but fresh fish and seasonal vegetables are always at hand.
What is your favourite local restaurant?
Siam Smile. It's a small, homely restaurant with a relaxed ambiance. The dishes are fresh and full of flavour; you can just tell they have been prepared individually.
Why should people visit you?
Cooking for the love of cooking.
What would you recommend about the local area?
The exciting food scene, and the Cotswolds on your doorstep.
What would you choose for your last meal on earth?
Rice dumplings (but not as you know it), sliced shallots, green chillis and coriander tossed in mustard oil.
To find out more, or to reserve a table, visit prithvirestaurant.com.