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Five minutes with Jamie Robertson

Executive chef Jamie – the star of chic restaurant gaucho’s new masterclasses – gives us the low-down on famous guests, favourite foods and how to rival Nigella in the kitchen

By Catherine Harper
1 May 2015 | 12:00 am
  • Jamie Robertson.

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You run masterclasses; does that mean we need to be experts in the kitchen to come along?

Not at all! The complete opposite, actually. The masterclasses we do are designed to show how the dishes can be simplified to suit home cooking; it’s more about helping home cooks to understand the techniques we use and then giving them shortcuts or cheats to use at home.

What would be on the menu for your last meal?

I’d have a meal that reminds me of time spent with family and friends, so I would definitely have to say anything cooked by my grandmother. Something like my favourite, mince and tatties; a traditional Scottish dish of minced beef and mashed potato.

Who does the cooking in your house?

On the rare occasion that cooking is actually done at home (I’m almost always at the restaurant), it’s me who cooks… Always!

Who’s been the most memorable guest you’ve cooked for so far?

It would have to be Prince Charles at the Grand National horse race at Aintree, Liverpool in the UK.

And who would be on your bucket list to cook for?

That’s a tough one, but I think everyone in my profession loves cooking for other top chefs.

Who’s your biggest critic?

Chefs are always their own biggest critic, so I would have to say myself.

What are the most useful tips a home cook should bear in mind?

Cook the food you love to eat, and keep it simple.

Aside from Gaucho, of course, where’s your favourite place to eat in Dubai and what’s your favourite dish?

There are absolutely too many places to name. Let’s just say the growing dining scene in Dubai is only going to work in everyone’s favour.

Jamie’s next masterclass featuring three of Gaucho’s signature desserts will be on May 12. Email or call 04 422 7898 for details and bookings.

By Catherine Harper

By Catherine Harper