Ross Burden – Kändis Kock

Detta inlägg är på engelska. Det är den artikel jag skrev för online tidningen Thread.co.nz.

In these times, there is a lot of attention on what we eat, how we eat and why we eat. There’s one food television show after another and everywhere there are food courses you can take and thousands of cookbooks you can buy. Food is definitely in.

In only 2 weeks, New Zealand will get even more food fever. Wellington will open the doors to another inspiring Food Show. As previous Food Shows, this year’s show will take your palette on a journey through national and international experiences and let you swallow it down with some wine, chocolate, tea, coffee and other exquisite liquors.

Master Chef New Zealand domaren, Ross Burden

Kändis kocken, Ross Burden

The show will also present MasterChef New Zealand’s own star judges, Ross Burden and Ray McVinnie along with other chefs, who will cook in front of an audience and aim to awe us all.

I got an opportunity to talk to Ross Burden in the wake of MasterChef New Zealand and before the big food orgy at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Ross Burden is a New Zealand chef who got his start through MasterChef UK in the 90′s. Since then he has been cooking for the rich and famous, opened popular restaurants, been in numerous Food Shows on TV, and been teaching and demonstrating at cookery schools and food festivals around the world.

Ross is very passionate about organic food, environmental awareness and seasonal cooking. I asked him if he grows anything at home and he said that since he has been living in apartments for the last 20 years, he hasn’t been able to grow all that much. However, when he lived in the UK, he cultivated his own herbs.

Fler och fler väljer organiskt odlade frukt och grönsaker

Ross continued by telling me that when he was in Italy and walked in to supermarkets, that musty, earthy smell from tomato leaves filled the air. This always reminded him of his father who grew tomatoes back home in Hawke’s Bay. “Growing up in New Zealand in the 70′s, everyone grew their own food”, said Ross.

One third of the food in the western world is wasted, every day. Ross never wastes any food and is very mindful of how he uses water. Except for perhaps the peel off potatoes and carrots, he reuses everything. If he has any left overs he uses it for soup, perhaps a wok or anything else suitable. Ross keeps to organic and local food. When visiting his parents in Hawke’s Bay, they always get the food from a market, only 6 blocks away, all products locally grown. Ross believes that New Zealand is quite unique in that the supermarkets keep to a lot of national grown food and import a comparatively low percentage of products.

Another of Ross’ passions is travelling. Travelling and food go hand in hand. When I asked Ross what tip he could give to anyone who wants to be a chef, he said only one word. Travel. I thought it was for the experience and the inspiration, but Ross told me that it was because of authenticity.

“If you watch a woman in Thailand making a Phad Thai, then you will know how to make it yourself”.

thai räkor

Reading cookbooks or getting a recipe off the Internet is not as authentic as being in the moment, watching someone making their national dish or whip together a cake. Food is visual. Which might be why Ross aspire to make a cookbook in the future which, inspired by Elizabeth David’s more chatty and inspirational cook books from the 1950′s-60′s, would be more visual and a conversation between the reader and Ross himself.

When Elizabeth David introduced the British culture with recipes from Italy, France and the Mediterranean, one of the key ingredients, olive oil, was something you bought at the pharmacy for treating earache. Ross Burden enlightened me that one of his favourite ingredients is olive oil. But he doesn’t only use it for cooking. Instead, he uses it to moisturize his hands and face and also when shaving. “The only thing I don’t use it for is my hair”, he said.

Jeanne-Louise Calment, 122 år gammal.

Then he shared a little story with me. The world’s longest living person was Jean Louise Calment, who died at the age of 122 years. She said her secret for living so long and looking so fresh was that every day after lunch she had a cigarette and whiskey. A story says that when a reporter asked her what she did to look so young, Jean Louise said that she uses lots of olive oil, both in her food, on her skin and in her hair. “I only have one wrinkle”, she enlightened the reporter, “and I am sitting on it”.

Perhaps we should all go to the Food Show in Wellington and invest in some olive oil. I am sure there will be more than one brand to choose from and we could possibly see which one keeps us young the longest.

If you want to see Ross Burden whisk together culinary recipes with some local ingredients (and perhaps some olive oil) then you should definitely come to Wellington’s Food Show on 14th -16th of May.

I’ll see you there!

Intervju med en Kändis Kock

Jag skriver recensioner och lite sånt åt en Nya Zeeländsk online tidning som heter Thread. I och med The Food Show i Maj här i Wellington skulle jag intervjua en kändis kock (i Nya Zeeland) som heter Ross Burden. Han är oxå domare i MasterChef New Zealand. Det var planerat att jag skulle prata med Ross Burden på telefon denna fredag morgon klockan 10. Så här gick det:

Master Chef New Zealand domaren, Ross Burden

Ross Burden

Jag gick upp runt 8 imorse. Åt en god frukost bestående av havregrynsgröt, äpple och soja mjölk med en kaffe vid sidan av. Samtidigt som jag åt min frukost läste jag åter igenom Russ Burdens hemsida.

Jag finputsade mina frågor till honom och gjorde mig redo mentalt att intervjua honom genom att komma på hur jag skulle presentera mig och vad jag skulle säga härnäst. Man blir ju lite stollig så där när man ska prata med ”kändisar”. =o)

Klockan närmade sig 10 och jag blev så nervös att jag blev skitnödig och fick springa på toa.

Jag sätter mig vid min laptop. Mina frågor på ett papper brevid mig, ett dokument öppet på datorn där jag ska skriva ner Ross svar på mina frågor.

Jag loggar in på skype och slår Ross nummer. Det går fram några signaler, jag får handsvett. Till sist lyfter någon luren.

”Hi, this is Justin.”

”Uhm, hi… Is Ross there?” (Glömmer till och med att presentera mig)

”No, I’m sorry he’s gone out for the day.”

”Oh. Uhm…do you know when he will be back?”

”No, he didn’t say. I just know he’s gone out for the whole day.”

”ok…”

”Can I tell him who’s called?”

”Yes, my name is Tine from the online magazine Thread. I was going to interview Ross at 10am today.”

”Oh, well… he’s gone out for the day”. (Ja, du sa det… blir irriterad…)

”Well, I have his email so I could email him and arrange another day and time for the interview.”

”Yes, do that.”

”Ok, thank you. Bye.”

”Bye.”

*Stänger av skype*

Ross Burden är en av domarna för MasterChef NZ

Why? Herregud, skriver inte folk ner saker som de planerar? Om någon mailar dem (en tjej från ett pr företag) och säger att de har en intervju med en tidning, skriver de inte ner dagen och tiden så de kan vara med på intervjun?

Blir så irriterad…

Jag mailade honom direkt och frågade om vi kan prata på måndag istället, eller i eftermiddag. Detta är så typiskt NZ… *suck* Glad att jag inte har en deadline som gör att jag måste ha intervjun gjord NU.

Nu ska jag städa huset.