Revelations: Begonya Sanchez, head chef, Chotto Matte, London

27 July 2022 by
Revelations: Begonya Sanchez, head chef, Chotto Matte, London

We delve into the life and inner thoughts of a top chef. This week: Begonya Sanchez, head chef at Chotto Matte, London

What was your best subject at school?

Has to be languages

What was your first job?

In a pastry shop, which kickstarted my interest in the industry

What was your first job in catering?

Hotel Arts Barcelona

What do you do to relax?

I enjoy going to the park and lying on the grass

Which is your favourite restaurant?

So many to choose from. There's a pizzeria called Theo's in my neighbourhood which I absolutely love

What's your favourite hotel?

The Corinthia, London

What is your favourite drink?

I may be biased, but it has to be the Story of Jade from the new Chotto Matte Tokyo to Lima cocktail collection

What is your favourite cuisine?

Japanese, for sure

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

Turmeric and bananas

Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with?

As a general rule, I refuse to cook with anything that I don't know its original source

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Chef Santi Santamaria

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

My mum is my greatest inspiration. My executive chef Jordan Sclare has also been, and continues to be, a great source of inspiration

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?

It would have to be a blender to make fresh fruit smoothies

What irritates you most about the industry?

Famous chefs that seem to portray our industry as being short-tempered and bossy! It takes an incredible amount of patience to be a successful chef

What is your favourite prepared product?

My guilty pleasure is Kinder Bueno

Who would be in your "fantasy" brigade?

I truly wouldn't change the team I have. They're amazing – I would take them to the moon

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