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About me

Gender MALE
Occupation Emerging Chef
Location London, England, United Kingdom
Introduction I'm a 22-yr-old chef from Hackney in London's East End, recently returned home after over two years training in Spain with some of the country’s top chefs. I graduated from Westminster Kingsway with a Professional Chef Diploma in summer 2007. While a student I started my food blog Aidan Brooks: Trainee Chef and for a while contributed to The Guardian's Word of Mouth blog. Following work experience in various London restaurants, I applied for a stage at Comerç 24 in Barcelona, owned by former El Bulli Senior Sous Chef Carles Abellan, where we won a Michelin star. Later I was promoted to chef de partie of cuarto frio. After over a year Comerç 24 I decided it was time to move on. During a short break I ate at several of Spain's finest restaurants. Early in 2009 I took a two-month stage at Martín Berasategui's Michelin starred Lasarte, which won its second star later in the year. I then moved to the mountains of València to join the team of Spain's "Chef of the Year" Paco Morales at Hotel Ferrero, where I was subsequently appointed Pastry Chef. I'm passionately pursuing my life-long ambition to become a top-class chef one day and ultimately a world-famous restaurateur.
Interests Cooking, experimental cooking, eating out, drinking out, classic and contemporary film, football, hip-hop and other music, languages, travel
Favorite Movies Movies: Leon, Goodfellas, A Bronx Tale, Pulp Fiction, The Godfather Part I & II, The Usual Suspects, Memento, Scarface, True Romance, City Of God, American Beauty, 21 Grams, Dirty Harry, The Untouchables, Boyz N The Hood, Trainspotting, The Deer Hunter, Dog Day Afternoon, The Shining, King Of New York, Taxi Driver, L.A Confidential, Sleepers, Fight Club, The Shawshank Redemption, Donnie Brasco, Training Day, A Clockwork Orange, Miller's Crossing, Reservoir Dogs, Raging Bull, Seven, Road To Perdition, Tampopo; TV: The Sopranos, The Wire, Dexter, Peep Show, Nathan Barley, The Boosh, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Extras, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Hollyoaks, I'm Alan Partridge, Scrubs, Seinfeld, South Park, Family Guy.
Favorite Music Hip Hop (Golden age, 90s, UK, French), Soul, Classic 60s and 70s Rock, Jazz, Classical
Favorite Books Books by molecular gastronomists and great chefs - but not recipe books! Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring The Science of Flavour by Hervé This. I take in other information via visual media. Must get back to reading classics one day when I have time.

I set my alarm for the time I need to get up and when the alarm sounds I get out of bed. Life's too short for snoozing. My Dad snoozes.