Chefs from some of the greatest restaurants on earth are joined by gastronomes, celebrities and passionate foodies to share childhood food memories and the recipes that inspired them to experiment in the kitchen... a memory bank which reminds us home cooking can be fun, thrifty, save money and amaze your friends.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Ross Pavey - Moonrakers Restaurant - Alfriston, UK

This week we spoke to Ross Pavey about his earliest food memories. Pavey is Head Chef at Moonrakers Restaurant in Alfriston, Sussex. In under a year the restaurant has achieved Two Knifes and Forks in the Michelin Guide and will shortly feature on the BBC as part of the Hairy Bikers show where Ross challenges the presenters with his divine local dishes.

" My earliest food memory is a simple one but a very influential one. Growing up on a fruit farm in Zimbabwe, waking up in the early morning and while the sun is still climbing and not really hot going out and picking lovely mango's for breakfast.

Ever since, I have become very passionate about using the freshest local ingredients. Whilst Sussex does not have Mango's it is a bountiful county with some amazing local produce."

We asked Pavey to share a early favorite recipe that you could try at home:

Mango Rice Pudding

  • 1 ripe mango
  • 250ml milk
  • 250ml double cream
  • 90g risotto rice
  • 3 free range egg yolks
  • 75g caster sugar

If you have a fresh vanilla pod, you can scrape out seeds and add to rice whilst cooking.

Boil cream, milk and rice, stir often until rice is cooked.

Mix sugar and egg yolks.

Add rice mix to sugar mix, place on top of stove and cook on a gentle heat until thick.

Once thick pour into bowls.

Peel and dice mango and put some mango on top of each rice pudding.


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