Chef Mark Sandell, Pepper Pot Restaurant, Dursley
PUBLISHED: 14:35 07 January 2011 | UPDATED: 15:38 20 February 2013
Christmas is going to be a family affair in the Sandell household this year....
Name: Mark Sandell
Restaurant: Pepper Pot Restaurant
Address: Lower Wick, Dursley, Gloucestershire GL11 6DD
Tel: 01453 810259
What is your earliest memory of food?
Picking broad beans in my Nan & Gramps garden and then cooking for Sunday lunch.
Tell us about your menu?
Each dish is cooked to order using fresh produce, there is a wide variety from sea bass to chateaubriand, everything is homemade including bread, ice cream, biscuits, dressings, jams, chutneys...etc
How often do you change your menu?
Its regularly updated according to what is in season, we also have special boards which change daily.
What plans does the restaurant have for the Christmas season?
We are running a Christmas menu along side our restaurant menu, both are available throughout December.
What initiated your interest in cooking?
When I was 16 I had a part time job washing up at my local pub, one night the sous chef phoned in sick, so I helped the head chef and I loved it. After that I worked my way up.
How would you describe your approach to food?
I like to keep things simple and I enjoy using new ingredients to experiment and see what works.
Have you ever had any cooking disasters?
In my early days of cooking I was making a paella, without realising I picked up a pot of chilli powder instead of paprika with disastrous consequences .
What has been your most memorable (or unusual) meal?
The most memorable meal would be the first Christmas dinner I had with my wifes family. Cooked by my Mother in Law Sandy.
Which chef has been your greatest inspiration?
Jeremy Ross who got me started, but more recently Gordon Ramsey, love him or hate him, he's not afraid of hard work, and tells it as it is .
Also Gary Rhodes for his dancing!
What is your favourite local ingredient?
Ribeye steaks from Tortworth Court estate they are amazing, also herbs from our garden.
What's in your fridge at home?
Lager, parma ham, cream, cheese, and my wife's chicken casserole.
What is your favourite local restaurant?
I haven't got one.
Why should people visit you?
To enjoy the dining experience and discover a great place to eat in a relaxing atmosphere.
What would you recommend about the local area?
The Pepper Pot and the lovely countryside.
What will you be eating on Christmas Day?
Traditional local farm reared turkey with all the trimmings, I'm looking forward to having the family round.