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«You never told me that!» smiles Barry.
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canada goose coats on sale During that time, Simon, Paul and Liz started planning to open another restaurant. «The three of us spent two weeks travelling around Spain together in spring 2016 and we began to form an idea of what we wanted to do,» explains Liz. «Simon and I were keen for Etto not to be affected by the opening of a new place so, again, we had to look at how best to make the transition between head chefs. In summer 2017, when it felt like we were getting closer to finding a site, Paul moved on from Etto [as he had taken an ownership stake in Locks]. Barry Sun Jian was the perfect person to take over as head chef, having been sous chef here for three years at that stage. canada goose coats on sale
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«I left because I wanted to get away from Barry!» laughs Paul. «No, seriously, I always knew Barry could step up and advance, and have more of a future and a reward for all his hard work. I was flexible and could step away whenever Barry and Kamil were ready to move into their new roles. And while they were building the team, I was in and out for a long time, helping. It takes time to get things https://www.canadagoosejackets7v.com right. Simon and Liz know canadian goose jacket what Etto should be, what the dishes should be, what works and what doesn’t. It wasn’t just Barry [FitzGerald] or me. A lot of people contribute to the style, including Barry Sun Jian. Now there’s a Canada Goose Outlet very strong team with five Canada Goose sale very good chefs who work from 7.30 in the morning until midnight; they each bring different ideas and they all love Etto.»
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«Barry’s running the kitchen 100pc,» adds Paul. «He won the award, not me; it wasn’t for no reason. We have similar taste in food: we concentrate on flavour. At Etto, there’s a certain flavour profile with a Mediterranean and Italian influence. Barry has a very good palate; he’s able to identify things from taste and develop a dish. He knows what tastes good, what flavours work.
canadian goose jacket «He’s also very hard working, always first in and last to leave. He’s committed, responsible, maybe a little like myself I used to try and get in before him but rarely did.» canadian goose jacket
Now that they no longer work directly with one another, Paul and Barry don’t have canada goose uk black friday the same daily contact that they once did, but they stay in touch with regular phone calls. «Chefs talk about what’s going wrong, what suppliers have at the moment, ask where to get things,» says Paul. «When I left, it was almost every day or every night. the gaps have widened a bit now.»
They meet up for meals too, at places such as Chapter One and Forest Marcy.
But their relationship goes further.
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