‘Our best holiday ever was to Mykonos before we became parents’ Leave a comment

Our best ever holiday was to Mykonos before our little girl was born

My wife Emma and I both love house music and there’s a huge scene on the Greek island. We were partying every night. Apart from that, everything about Mykonos is great – it’s so quintessentially Greek and really old- fashioned, so clean and smart. I loved watching the superyachts coming in. I’d sit on the balcony, watching people on their yachts. By the end of the week, I felt like I had got to know the crews, their routines, who the owners were.

Emma introduced me to Greece as she’d been on holiday there a lot when she was growing up

To this day, Greek food is my favourite. Their dishes in this country end up being bastardised, and are often eaten by people who are drunk at 3am. Kebabs are a perfect example. But over there, when you see things like gyros – freshly made flatbreads and beautiful lamb turning over a fire – you realise there is so much freshness and colour to the original.

My favourite meal abroad was at Frantzén Lindeberg, in Stockholm

We were there with [chef] Tom Kerridge and his wife Beth, who are really good mates of ours. It blew us all away, and Tom and I didn’t even go to bed afterwards – we just sat in our hotel room, drinking schnapps and waxing lyrical about it until six or seven in the morning. Tom had a phone interview that morning with Chris Evans on Radio 2 and just went straight into it. 

My most treasured souvenir is a 90-jar spice rack given to me by a waitress in Greece

Emma and I had bonded with her during our stay, and on the last morning for breakfast – because she knew I was a chef – she bought me this rack for 90 different spices and herbs. I was so taken aback by her kindness. It’s a message I impart to my staff: people will always remember you for how you make them feel. That was more than 10 years ago and I’ve never forgotten it. 

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