Chef Adebola Adeshina has been on our radar for quite a while!
He has worked under world-renowned chef such as Gordon Ramsey and Marcus Wareing and represented London as a regional finalist in The Great British Menu competition. He is currently The Head Chef at The Petersham Restaurant.
He has had an incredible career, read this interview and be inspired!
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where does your love of food come from?
From my Mum, whilst growing up she was always in the kitchen making something great, a real inspiration. Also I saw Gordon Ramsay on TV and wanted to work with him!
How did you start your career in food? Please describe your journey
After college, I got a job working with the Aubergine team under Gordon Ramsay. I remained with Ramsay for six years, cooking at the three-Michelin starred Gordon Ramsay Restaurant and at Petrus under Marcus Wareing. I then climbed the ranks working with Philip Howard at The Square, Eric Chavot at The Capital and Tom Ilic at Bonds. In 2006, I opened a critically acclaimed restaurant with Fabrizio Russo called The Lock Dining Bar in North London and in then went onto a restaurant in Essex and gained Michelin Recommended 2014, listed in the Good Food Guide 2014 and also won several awards in 2012 for Best Restaurant, Essex – Best Newcomer Restaurant, Essex – Best Large Restaurant, Essex and Highly Commended Chef 2012 and 2013. I’ve now moved on and taken up position of Head Chef at The Petersham Restaurant, Petersham Hotel in Richmond and looking forward to a new challenge.
What would you say has been your greatest food-related accomplishment to date?
Doing what I like in the kitchen, being creative and also obtaining awards along the way.
What has been your biggest challenge in business so far?
Meeting people who have no understanding of the food industry, or day to day running and stress of a kitchen.
What is your favourite meal and why? (Feel free to include a link to a recipe)
African food, homely, I have varied tastes so can’t pin point any specific dish.
Name 3 ingredients that you cannot live without?
Jerk seasoning, Potatoes and Pink Sea Salt
Who’s For Dinner with you? Who would you invite for a meal of a lifetime with you and why?
Richard Branson, Alan Sugar and 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) all men who are on top of their game.
The Petersham Restaurant, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6UZ. Website: www.petershamhotel.co.uk