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Lawrence Gomez is the founder of PAPA L’s Kitchen and a pioneer of modern African cuisine. Lawrence has a passion for creating unique dining experiences, while combining the exotic ingredients and flavours of Africa with cuisine from around the world.
Ingredients for today’s show include a pinch of food history surrounding benachin. We’ll be exploring if it’s important to cook food traditionally, and we talk about creativity and competition in the industry.
- An introduction to Lawrence Gomez & Papa L’s Kitchen
- What Lawrence is passionate about
- African fusion cuisine concept.
- How food can open a conversation.
- Introducing food to new people.
- Papa L’s tasting menu.
- What is a posset?
- The rules of fusion cooking.
- How Lawrence plans his recipes.
- What it means to be a real chef.
- Lawrence discusses his Gambian origins.
- The discipline of being a chef.
- Is it important to cook traditionally?
- Presentation and plating of Afro-Caribbean food.
- Dating and food
- Why it’s important for men to be able to cook.
- We find out if Lawrence writes down his recipes, and if you should?
- The history of benachin & jollof rice.
- Who makes the best Jollof (does it really matter?)
- Why there is not an abundance of big African or Caribbean restaurants on the high street in London.
- Creativity and competition in the industry.
- How Lawrence got into the food industry and the IVY Restaurant in London.
- Dealing with disrespect in the kitchen.
- Maintaining a relationship while you are a chef.
- Rapid fire questions.
- Dish of the week.
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