Q&A with Michael Caines at BBC GFS Summer

We had a chat with Michael Caines MBE at this year's BBC Good Food Show Summer - read on to find out his guilty foodie pleasures!

 

What would you say is your signature dish?

Sautéed cod with chorizo, lemon purée and samphire.

 

Who, what or where provides inspiration for your cooking?

Seasonality is my main inspiration - the coming and going of flavours. Cultural is also a huge influence, the different flavours around the world, and eating out - getting inspiration from other chefs.

 

What advice would you give to aspiring cooks or chefs?

Take your time in progressing - it's like a marathon not a sprint. It takes time to develop your skills.

 

What is your favourite comfort food or guilty pleasure?

I do like having a night in with a take away!

 

Do you have any tips for getting kids interested in food and cooking?

Just getting them involved with everyday cooking, letting them do the mixing and the stirring - you'll find kids more likely to eat their food when they're involved in the making.

 

Describe your dream dinner party menu:

I'd start with seafood - lobster and scallops. Then a main like roast beef although, in the right season lamb would be a really nice dish. Then for dessert something summery like strawberries marinated with vanilla.