20 Questions with the OMS

The Older Male Sibling hard at work in the kitchen. Fiver says not one of those bananas got eaten.


Yup, it’s time to take five minutes to appreciate the culinary musings of the Older Male Sibling: food flogger, Pomme D’Or alumni and champion crispsndips hogger since 1977. He ain’t heavy.

1: Describe what you do without being boring?
I work for a company who make all sorts of lovely food for the big retailers. I sell and help develop food for Marks and Spencer.

2: What’s great about what you do?
Working with a truly foodie customer and business dinners!

3: What sucks about what you do?
Early starts, office hours and never escaping emails thanks to the work phone.

4: Do you eat breakfast?
Yep – as soon as I get to the office. Some form of heart healthy cereal to make up for the rest of the week.

5: Where/who is your favourite local food/drink business (other than your own)?
The White Oak in Cookham. They are as welcoming for a pint and a packet of crisps as they are for a four course dinner party. Good beer and beautiful, British, seasonal food. Great Sunday lunch.

6: Which celeb chef would you want in your gang in the event of a zombie apocalypse and why?
Ken Hom – have you seen him with a cleaver?! Also I reckon I could out run him.

Three guesses where those chopsticks are going if you question his cardio skills again.

7: What’s your go to comfort food?

8: Who taught you how to cook?
My parents. Both awesome cooks in very different ways.
Ed- neither of which will ever forgive you for not specifying them first. Unlucky!!!

9: What’s the weirdest thing you have ever put in your mouth? Keep it clean!

10: What one food would you erase from all existence?

11: What’s on your kitchen playlist?
It changes so much. Recently Haim, The Milk, Vance Joy, Michael Kiwanuka. And always Fleetwood Mac. And Springsteen. How many am I allowed?!

12: If you could eat out anywhere tonight where would you go and who would you dine with?
Osteria Barberini in Rome. Our best honeymoon meal so obviously with the wife! Great value tiny restaurant. If you’re early they make you wait outside but the food is amazing.

13: Do you have a signature dish?
Tarte Tatin. Award winning. Just saying.
Ed: I won first prize Cornish Pasties when I was in the Brownies you know, I’m not still going on about it. 

Tarte tatin for the purists, no pears or salted caramels here (yes this is one of his).

14: Confess your biggest food sin………..
Eating too many nibbles and spoiling dinner.

15: If you had to restrict yourself to the cuisine of one country which would it be and why?
Italy without doubt. So simple, so tasty and I’m growing to love their wine.
*insert inevitable Nice Chianti gag here*

16: Cake or biscuits?

17: Tea or coffee?
Coffee. Black, no sugar as nature intended. Tea is up there with lychees!

18: Chunky chips or curly fries?
This is tough. Chunky chips.

19: Wine or beer?
I couldn’t choose. Beer is so good and so varied now.

20: Does pineapple belong on a pizza?
Yep – I never order a Hawaiian but I’d gobble up a free one!

Feel free to insta-troll him @jonboybarton

Next time, the brains behind Two Brews, possibly the best retail idea in history (or at least in Colchester).

Last time, Chef Tom Russell from The Rosebud (click link)


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