The room was really packed when Stanhoe and Barwick WI and visitors from neighbouring villages were privileged to have Robert MacNaughtan speak on the theme of “My life as a chef”.
From an inauspicious start with part-time work on a Romford market stall, selling fabrics from an East End warehouse and washing up in his uncle’s restaurant, Robert was offered a place on a course at Westminster College. This prestigious training led to work as a chef at the Grosvenor Hotel, the Post Office Tower revolving restaurant, many London restaurants, and catering for many famous private clients, before moving into management.
photo: Rosemary Brown
These jobs were interspersed with travels to 44 different countries worldwide, working casually in all to explore the foods, and ending up with a liking for Japanese and Asian foods.
Whilst speaking, and entertaining us with funny tales of his days working with food, he quickly created a beautiful Seafood and Asparagus Summer Pudding, making it look so easy.
We all had a most enjoyable afternoon and were happy to collect donations to a local kidney charity on his behalf.