Kitchen Re – porter – Tarantella

Kitchen Re-Porter – Tarantella

Anton O’Donnell has been head chef at Italian restaurant, Tarantella, in Cockermouth since it opened in 2007. With eight years service under his belt, nothing gets past Anton, with his kitchen motto being ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’.

What is your favourite ingredient to cook with?

It has to be garlic, as it can be utilised in so many different dishes.

What would be your last supper?

Definitely chicken tikka korma with Keema rice and a garlic and chilli naan bread with extra garlic

Who is your favourite celebrity chef?

It will have to be Gordon Ramsey

What is your idea of food hell?

Restaurants that serve microwave meals are my absolute idea of hell

What is the strangest ingredient you have ever cooked with?

That’s a hard one, I don’t think I have ever worked with a really strange ingredient.

Who does all the cooking at home?

Me as my wife doesn’t like cooking and my kids enjoy my food.

What is your favourite cuisine?

Indian food

What is your first memory of the kitchen?

My very first memory, which I can remember is being scared that I may burn something

What’s your ultimate comfort food?

My ultimate comfort food has to be peas and Yorkshire pudding with gravy

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