Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson

Occupation: Head Chef

Head Chef at The Pantry, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Name 2 of your “food heroes” and tell us why they inspire you?

Keith Floyd
Hugh Fearnley Whittingshaw

Keith made cooking feel fun and accessible again

HFW is my hero- his farm, cafe, small holding is incredible and his ethos and relationship with food is spot on.

What do you like to cook and why?

Big hearty sharing food, social food!

When did you decide to become a chef?

When I was 15, but I went to uni instead...might make different choices now.

What do you remember about School dinners?

I always brought a packed lunch. But I remember old school dishes like kievs/schnitzel/cottage pie. And there was always a hot pudding like syrup sponge. Everything came with custard that had a skin on it!

What was your favourite school dinner?

Chicken drumsticks, mash and sweet corn

What would be your perfect meal?

Chicken tikka danshak from the valley junction Indian restaurant in Newcastle

What kitchen tool could you NOT live without?

A very good set of knives

In your restaurant or premises who would be your ideal diner?

Alan Shearer!...just kidding.

If you weren't a chef what would you be?

A biology teacher

Where do you go when you want to eat at a restaurant?

I like all foods, but at the moment As I have young kids...a place where the food is great but is also family friendly. The atmosphere that we have tried to achieve at The Pantry.

What 5 ingredients would you choose to have on your desert Island?

Salt and pepper
Olive oil