Just a quick hello. My name is Matt. I'm looking to learn how to become a chef. I'm just an enthusiastic amateur right now.
Look forward t speaking with you and learning some new things.
Hi Matt, and welcome to Chef Talk. Am I correct to assume you're from London in the UK? Since our members are a world-wide crew, I thought I'd clarify. (There was once a tiny crossroads farm village west of where I live called London, but I'm almost certain you don't mean that one. )
You've brought your curiosity and eagerness to the right place. The Culinary Students forum has lots of discussions going on among people who are in school now, so you can read what their concerns and questions are, what they love and why they may be hesitating. In the General forums, you can post and participate in general cooking discussions to your heart's content. Search our archives, too, because we've been here over a decade and have plenty of good information here to mine.
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We look forward to whatever you'll share with us, and hope you enjoy the treasures you'll find here, too.
Welcome, and good luck in your endeavors!
Indeed! I'll be visiting your city later this year in fact, although briefly, on my way elsewhere in the UK. We like to look for flavorful, modest fare rather than the usual high-end places people often think of sending visitors to. Perhaps I can ask you for some guidance when it's time to look for a neighborhood place for dinner where we'll be staying, later in summer.
In the mean time, enjoy the site.
Yeah sure. Where about are you staying in London? I'm from West London though I'm in Kent at the moment.
My 2 favorite places in England.
Canterbury- For the old feel the town has as well as a lot of History to learn.
Newcastle- For Football and a night out.
I wonder if any f those are in your Itinerary?
I'm not precisely sure where we're staying yet. We don't arrive until the end of August, and I'm fairly certain we'll be staying in the Horseferry Road area. Our trip this time won't take us into Kent, unfortunately (can't wait to see Canterbury). Although I've visited the UK several times, there's never been enough time to see what I want to see- and there's a great deal on the list! I've read a good bit of history. This trip will be a short stop in London before a cruise to Norway, then later a return through London to visit family in Cheshire. No time this trip for an extended culinary tour of the City, unfortunately.
That's not an area I know to well unfortunately. I do remember a pub/restaurant in the Westminster area which had a claim to be London's oldest pub, but can't for the life of me remember it's name. A friend and I had a few drinks and a snack in their bar and a British Actor was in there having a pint at the same time. They had a restaurant section upstairs. I'll try to remember the name, Google was no help.
If you like Indian food Potli in Hammersmith is very good. I visited Camden for the first time recently they have great street food of an evening including things like Nepalese and Tibetan food stalls. Though these are areas you are not likely to visit
Thanks for the tips, Matt! We do like Indian food.
I found this article about the dispute on the oldest pub in London. The candidates are legion, apparently. We'll just have to look at several and make up our own minds.
Yes, the Lamb and Flag- I saw that name. We'll save a pub crawl for a future trip and choose just one. Perhaps that'll be it! Thanks for your suggestions.