'It wouldn't be a typical kitchen if you didn't hear shouting!'

It wouldnt be a typical kitchen if you didnt hear shouting!

Table talk with Franco Bloisi, Executive Chef, Crazy Fish, Dubai

Your favourite memory of food:
My mother used to make pasta with clams when I was young, and this is now my favourite dish! It brings back so many memories of home and family.
What's the most challenging part of your job?
Sometimes, the aspect of communication between the kitchen and wait staff can make things tricky - especially when there's a language barrier. It wouldn't be a typical kitchen if you didn't hear shouting!
Do you have a personal mantra or motto that drives the way you cook food?
Treat the food with love. It's so important to make sure every dish is served with love and that every ingredient is perfect.

If you could cook for a high-profile personality, who would it be and what would you serve them?
I serve everyone as if they are kings and queens... I can't express this enough. Everyone is a VIP at my restaurant and I would present them with red mullet, Guazzetto style - it's a dream dish!

What's your favourite place around town?
Beefbar - I am such a fan of meat and the way it's cooked at this place is just perfection.

After cooking all day, do you like to cook for yourself at home as well?
Yes, I love to cook fresh pasta and throw in different ingredients every time. Experimenting is always fun.

You're asked to invent an unusual dish - what would it be?
I would try things like langoustine with mint; the mix of flavours - of seafood and herb - would excite me. I like to try and be different.

Who do you admire most in the culinary world, and why?
The Italian chef Gualtiero Marchesi for his passion for simple and delicious food. He was considered to be the founder of modern Italian cuisine.
Favourite comfort food?
No guesses there: pasta, of course!

One ingredient/ dish you don't like, and why?
I eat everything. I can't really afford to be picky - I'm a chef!

If you could choose a last meal, what would it be?
Spaghetti with clams, like my mother used to make.
Your favourite culinary destination, and why?
Puglia, Italy. Because it has so many simple, well-cooked dishes that make my mouth water just thinking of them...
- Staff reporter

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