Today The Boneman himself is suffering our 20 Questions- Steve is another Colchester based food bod who you will usually find smoking, prepping and yumming all the proteins. Or chowing down on creamy Asian poo fruit. Those 4 words are going to bring me some highly misdirected Googlers.
1: Describe what you do without being boring?
I BBQ meats! Either grilled hot n fast or smoked low n slow! Not strictly American style, just tasty, juicy and smokey! I offer a pop up catering service, event catering, BBQ advice and tuition.
2: What’s great about what you do?
When a long smoke produces an amazingly tender nugget of smokey goodness, with a great bark (crust) then the long day is well worth it!
3: What sucks about what you do?
The long smokes can be 9 hrs plus, not done a commercial brisket yet but many of my home experiments have gone over 12 hours! I also hold myself to a high standard so if its not as tender as I would like it can be a bit disheartening.
4: Do you eat breakfast?
Always! Seeded bread with crunchy all peanut butter and a cup of tea!
5: Where/who is your favourite local food/drink business (other than your own)?
That’s a difficult one! I love The Victoria Inn, they gave me my first gig! Sheena and Andy have been a great friends and their passion for their pub, it’s atmosphere and their general ethos is inspiring! I also love Two Brews, Paul’s passion for quality beer and local business is contagious! Our first collaboration went well the other week, and we’re hoping to do some more! I also love PECK because who doesn’t love fried chicken?!?
Ed- I’ve been thwarted by the mass queues for Peck at the last two food fests I’ve been to! They certainly smell awesome.
6: Which celeb chef would you want in your gang in the event of a zombie apocalypse and why?
Does Ray Mears count? He would be good in a pinch! He can find anything and cook it, and you know you probably won’t die from eating it!
7: What’s your go to comfort food?
Tricky! Either roasted chicken thighs with white rice and peas or Steak & Ale pie (a good one!) with white rice and peas! The rice just soaks up all the awesome flavours!
8: Who taught you how to cook?
A mixture really, I watched my Dad cook, my Grandad bake and I have always enjoyed cookery shows. Food Network is usually on most days in our house! Or Netflix.
9: What’s the weirdest thing you have ever put in your mouth? Keep it clean!
Another tricky one! Being Chinese, we eat some weird stuff! Fish brains, fish eyes, chickens feet. It’s a tie I think between sea cucumber and Durian fruit (the Marmite of Asian fruits, banned on public transport as it stinks). Durian has been described as eating the creamiest custard in a festival toilet. Get from that what you will!
Ed- What an utterly charming prospect!
10: What one food would you erase from all existence?
Canned pulled pork.
11: What’s on your kitchen playlist?
Usually anything rock! 80’s hair metal is on a lot! As are classical film soundtracks! I also enjoy some 50’s diner jukebox music or scratchy old timey Blues! No ABBA!
12: If you could eat out anywhere tonight where would you go and who would you dine with?
I would go to Noodle Bar on North Hill with my fiancé Megan, the most authentic Asian cuisine you can get in town!
Ed- Everyone is so lovely wishing for a nice dinner with their life partners. Am I the only one who wants to take the Defenders cast to Mighty Quinns?!?!?!?!?
13: Do you have a signature dish?
A random pineapple fried rice, can be veggie or its good for leftovers!
14: Confess your biggest food sin………..
I like to eat peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon. Oh, and I once had a packet of instant custard for my dinner.
15: If you had to restrict yourself to the cuisine of one country which would it be and why?
I would say Chinese but I really mean the cuisine of Penang, my Dad’s home island. Penang is a real melting pot of fusion cuisine, Chinese, Indian, Malay, Hokkien. It’s awesome!
16: Cake or biscuits?
17: Tea or coffee?
Tea at home, coffee at work
18: Chunky chips or curly fries?
Proper chunky chips, triple fried!
19: Wine or beer?
20: Does pineapple belong on a pizza?
Of course! Especially with hot n salty meat!
Ed- someone immediately needs to start a business and/or Dad Rock tribute band called Hot N Salty.