UK Chef and Presenter Chris Baber stands together with the World Food Programme to draw the attention of the world to the challenges faced by children who go to bed hungry each night and the opportunities that exist when their food needs are met. Chris experienced how food unlocked his own potential and told us about the meal that made him:
“My Pan Fried Sea Bass with Coconut Curry and Spicy Potatoes is the dish that made me because it was my signature dish on BBC cooking competition Yes Chef, this dish took me to win the show. The celebrity chef judge on the day was Atul Kochhar, after filming he invited me to move to London and work in his Michelin star restaurant, I packed my bags left Northumberland and started 2 weeks later. This began my journey into a professional career in food following my passion.
The dish really did make me as it began life as a basic chicken curry that I created as a child in the home kitchen, we had eaten and enjoyed it as a family for years and became a classic in my house! I remember cooking this at age 12 in home economics, the aromas gathering everyone around to taste and the teacher asking for the recipe! When I had to think of my ‘signature dish’ for Yes Chef I knew I had to somehow incorporate an element of this recipe , I knew I had to really impress on the show and show my knowledge of flavours and skills in the kitchen. So I decided to elevate the dish sticking with my original coconut curry sauce recipe yet serving with crispy skin pan fried fish, spicy potato’s with peas garnished with crispy fried garam masala onion. I’ll always remember the moment Atul tastes this and said ‘You’ve nailed it’ at the point I really did believe this could be the dish that is going to make me.”
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