Shaun Hill interview & podcast
I had intended that I'd record my interview with Shaun, write it up and just put snippets of our chat as recordings on the site.
However, I enjoyed the call so much, and he's so brilliantly frank about himself and other chefs, that I've decided instead to leave it in his voice, not mediated by me at the keyboard and let you listen to our chat in its entirety.
A couple of apologies up front: the sound at my end is a bit rubbish and I waffle at the start, but I think I pick up the pace eventually.
I was intrigued to learn about the history of the iconic Walnut Tree. I hadn't realised that Corbin and King were once involved, nor the truly dire consequences of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. I was sadly oblivious until tonight of Bill Baker, However, I was heartened to hear Shaun is keen to continue writing. (Although The Merchant House Cookbook is sadly out of print, you can get it from the ever excellent Gardener & Cook.)
I was also particularly pleased to hear that he hasn't changed his guiding principle that restraint and simplicity of execution are essential and his views on the science of food.
He lays into the odd person as well, which makes for entertaining listening if nothing else.
I haven't done a podcast for a while, so as a quick reminder, you can listen to it either on the site or in iTunes, where you can subscribe to this and previous podcasts.
I just hope it lives up to expectations.