Chef Darren Jory, The Greenway chef, Cheltenham
PUBLISHED: 14:35 07 January 2011 | UPDATED: 15:34 20 February 2013
Darren Jory shares his experiences of cooking with three generastions of women
Name: Darren Jory
Restaurant: The Greenway
Address: Shurdington, Cheltenham. Gloucestershire. GL51 4UG
Tel: 01242 862352
What is your earliest memory of food?
Cooking with my grandmother. We would prepare rabbit, pod peas which I would collect from her garden and make the best ever Yorkshire puddings with her.
Tell us about your menu?
Adventurous style of cooking based on classical training, inspired cooking methods, locally sourced produce, seasonality and an enthusiastic and passionate kitchen brigade.
How often do you change your menu?
Seasonally. Based on 4 seasons although within each season I will change the dishes up to 2-3 dishes per week, I am inspired by fresh produce and am constantly wanting to evolve my food and the menus. This also keeps the team excited and enthusiastic.
Which dish on the menu would you recommend to a customer?
All of them, that's like picking your favourite child out of your own children.
What initiated your interest in cooking?
My great grandmother, my grandmother and my mother.
How would you describe your approach to food?
Like a child with a new toy.
What advice would you give to a novice?
Be prepared to work hard, pay attention to detail , have lots of enthusiasm and passion.
Have you ever had any cooking disasters?
The first stock I ever made. I kept the bones and threw away the stock. The chef was not too happy.
What has been your most memorable (or unusual) meal?
This year it would have to be Sat Bains' cuisine and dining at the Enclume. In my lifetime, Masala Puri for breakfast in Kerala.
Which chef has been your greatest inspiration?
All of them in some way or another have left an impression on me. However, probably the most influential are Alan Garth and Darryl Felstead
What's in your fridge at home?
Beer, ham, cheddar, yoghurt, perigord truffles (I wish) and a bottle of Cristal!
What is your favourite local restaurant?
Still deciding will let you know!
Why should people visit you?
To experience a unique dining experience.
What would you recommend about the local area?
What would you choose for your last meal on earth?
My grandmother's roast beef Sunday lunch or maybe my great grand mother's homemade Cornish pasties straight out of the oven.