Eating out has never felt so good

Fifteen London is a restaurant that uses the magic of food to give unemployed young people a chance at a better future. All profits go to the Jamie Oliver Foundation, a registered charity (#: 1094536). This week, Made in Shoreditch journalist Charlotte Lily Prior was granted an exclusive interview with one of Shoreditch’s (and London’s) finest chefs, Andrew Parkinson.

C: Who are you, and what do you do?

A: Andrew Parkinson – Executive Head Chef – Fifteen London

C: Well then – you must have had some training!

A: I trained at Perth College in Perthshire, Scotland whilst at the Gleneagles Hotel, and Stratford upon Avon College whilst at the Billesley Manor Hotel.

C: What is your signature dish?

A: Roasted scallops wrapped in pancetta with homemade brandade and slow-roasted tomato vinaigrette.

C: What is your favourite meal?

A: Orichietta with borlotti beans, cavolo nero and tuscan olive oil.

C: Any guilty pleasures / vices?

A: A sneaky Twix every now and again.

C: What’s been the most difficult dish you’ve had to cook?

A: Probably the complexity of the Sicilian fisherman’s stew … we always need to get this spot on for the customer to enjoy it until the last spoonful.

C: Which country boasts the best cuisine, in your opinion?

A: Has to be Italy.

C: What’s the strangest meal you’ve ever prepared?

A: Buried shark and lambs testicles – a delicacy that I was made to eat on my last visit to Reykjavik.

C: Cooked for anyone famous recently?

A: I cooked for the world leaders at No.10 Downing Street in 2009 (the G20 summit with Jamie and a team of Fifteen apprentices and graduates).

C: On a day off, who cooks for you?

A: Me – my wife ‘doesn’t like cooking’

C: Any local companies you know of that are regular guests at your restaurant?

A: Camelot Property Management.

C: And last but not least, why do you like working in Shoreditch?

A: It’s obviously a very hip and vibrant area that attracts people from all walks of life that visit the area for great restaurants and bars.

Fifteen London
15 Westland Place
London, N1 7LP