Alumni Feature: Simon Briggs, Culinary Instructor - Stratford Chefs School

Alumni Feature: Simon Briggs, Culinary Instructor

I was born in Lerwick, Scotland and grew up near Aberdeen. I was interested in cooking at a young age, watching my mother cook. After traveling and working in many pubs I came to Canada in 2005. After graduating from the Stratford Chefs School in 2011, I worked mainly in pastry, but have recently gone back to the savoury side of the kitchen. I have been teaching at the school since 2012 and had the pleasure of guiding many students through their culinary journeys.

 

What is your favourite restaurant?

The Gardeners Cottage – Edinburgh, Scotland

 

 

What is your favourite cookbook?

Tacos – Alex Stupak

 

What is your guilty pleasure food?

Dirty Nachos and cheap beer

 

What food did you think was over-rated until you tried it?

Caviar

 

Favourite knife or kitchen tool?

Kuhn, coloured paring knife with safety sheath. It lives in my pocket and I use it for everything.

 

What restaurant dish seemed the most intimidating, but is actually really easy to make?

Risotto

 

Favourite ingredient you can’t get enough of right now?

Hanger steak

 

What is a new technique/flavour you are experimenting with currently?

Smoking and curing

 

Are there any recipes from SCS you still use?

Lots and all the time.

 

What is your best SCS memory?

Working with Riccardo Camanini when he taught at the school 2010/2011.

 

Farm to Table Book

The Stratford Chefs School has trained accomplished chefs for decades, and the stories in this book speak to how the school has also shaped the culinary landscape in Perth County, Ontario. Farm to Table pairs Stratford Chefs School alumni chefs with one of their favourite food producers for a culinary adventure through Perth County.

 

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