FT Foodies: Erdem Moralioglu

Do you have your own equivalent of Proust’s madeleine, a food that instantly brings back memories?

Growing up in Montreal, a staple was a steamed hotdog from Lafleur or a bagel from our local bagel store, Yagel Bagel.

Which chef do you relate to the most?

I adore Fergus Henderson at St John – it’s my favourite restaurant in London and I’m a fan of offal. Plus, we are both rather fond of spectacles.

Most memorable meal at a restaurant?

My 30th birthday with all my dearest friends at Bistrotheque, a local restaurant. It was a wonderful evening and I had my favourite dish there, which is roast chicken with extra garlic.

How do you rate yourself as a home cook?

I seem to excel in winter. Stews are my forte.

Do you collect kitchen gadgets?

I love Joseph Joseph’s “Chop2Pot” chopping board, and their salt and pepper shaker.

What is your greatest food weakness?

I love popcorn. In particular popcorn with olive oil, sea salt and Tabasco. No one else likes it in my house so I get the bowl to myself.

Which food do you use as a medicinal remedy?

A good, bloody steak when I have a cold, with a bit of horseradish.

Guests at your dream dinner party?

Oscar Wilde, Camille Paglia, Marlene Dietrich and Yves Saint Laurent. I don’t know if we would all get along but it would be eventful.

What would you choose as your last meal?

Christmas turkey with all the trimmings.

www.erdem.co.uk; Erdem will be at London Fashion Week on February 21, www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

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