What we mean by purity is a sense of balance and harmony within a dish. When all the elements come together perfectly, when the selection of ingredients and the nature of those ingredients are fully expressed through considered technique. Purity is the magic that happens when all the parts and components of a dish come together and create something new …. something pure.
The flavour intensity of a dish has the power to transport you. Along with aroma the sense of taste can stir memories of time, place and feelings. The impact of a particular flavour or smell can last in your memory for an incredibly long time. For me, the skill of a chef to intensify and blend flavours to create a new sensation is akin to alchemy.
Nature and the natural world is such a strong inspiration for many of my dishes. Working my own test garden over the last 9 years I have developed a deep appreciation and wonder for nature. The intricacies of the life cycle of plants, their various forms, shapes, textures and flavours, provide an endless range of possibilities. One of my aims is to reflect nature’s beauty and sense of wonder in my dishes.