Chef at The Old Passage Restaurant, Arlingham

PUBLISHED: 22:45 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:40 20 February 2013

Jarek Januszewski with Mark Redwood in The Old Passage's kitchen

Jarek Januszewski with Mark Redwood in The Old Passage's kitchen

The Old Passage is a fish resaurant perfectly located on the banks of the River Severn

Name: The Old Passage

Restaurant: The old Passage

Address: Passage road, Arlingham, Glos, GL2 7JR

Tel: 01452 740547



What is your earliest memory of food?

Sitting around the table on a Sunday, enjoying the home comforts and the roast cooked by Mum

Tell us about your menu.

Great seafood cooked to perfection kept simple

What plans do you have for the New Year?

Not an extravagant one but just what the Old Passage is known for good seafood cooked well

What initiated your interest in cooking?

Not being particularly interested in school but pleasing people with food they truly enjoy

How would you describe your approach to food?

Fish is the mainstream at the Old Passage so using the freshest and best available and enhancing with a modern simple approach

What advice would you give to a novice?

Don't do it unless you really want to - have a passion, the hours are long in the kitchen.

Have you ever had any cooking disasters?

Roast loin of pork for 50 and I forget to turn the oven on

What has been your most memorable (or unusual) meal?

I was lucky enough to go to the fat Duck at Bray- wonderful but un fortunately I had a bit too much to drink and being shown around the Kitchen is now a bit of a blur

Which chef has been your greatest inspiration?

Heston Blumenthal and Marco Pierre White

What is your favourite local ingredient?

The very much underestimated fresh water crayfish which are caught locally and are called "The Menace" to the local fishermen. It is not so much the eating of them but the flavour they give to the dishes.

Local cheeses and we have plentiful local game in season which we use in the winter although we are predominantly a fish restaurant

What's in your fridge at home?

Good Cheeses and meats

Why should people visit you?

Great Seafood, lobsters fresh from our own seawater tanks, oysters and the freshest fish available. The wonderful views across the river Severn to the Forest of Dean

What would you recommend about the local area?

Great walks around Arlingham that are not to challenging, followed by lunch at the Old Passage or vice versa lunch followed by a gentle walk

What would you choose for your last meal on earth?

Pembrokeshire lobster with new potatoes straight from the garden, hollandaise sauce

What are you hoping 2009 will bring you and The Old Passage Inn?

At present we are very much a restaurant. In the summer we hope to extend into the garden-what better with a bowl of mussels, homemade bread and a glass of local cider?

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