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Ben Cunningham brings passion and drive to The Empire, with 20 years' experience in the trade and culinary expertise ranging from Asian to Mexican cuisine.
Chilli-cracker prawn curry.
A small family-run Turkish restaurant called Mellies. The food is to die for!
What is your go-to meal at home?
Comfort food is a must at home in the English winter, My favourite is braised beef brisket with mashed potato and a red wine jus.
Funniest thing to happen in the kitchen?
Knocked myself out walking into a shelf corner!
Advice to a young chef?
Take your time. Becoming a good chef takes time and patience. You need to be like a sponge and soak up all the knowledge that comes your way. There's no such thing as a stupid question.
Making the perfect roast potatoes: