|Location||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Introduction||I'm a 22-yr-old chef from Hackney in London's East End, recently returned home after over two years training in Spain with some of the country’s top chefs. I graduated from Westminster Kingsway with a Professional Chef Diploma in summer 2007. While a student I started my food blog Aidan Brooks: Trainee Chef and for a while contributed to The Guardian's Word of Mouth blog. Following work experience in various London restaurants, I applied for a stage at Comerç 24 in Barcelona, owned by former El Bulli Senior Sous Chef Carles Abellan, where we won a Michelin star. Later I was promoted to chef de partie of cuarto frio. After over a year Comerç 24 I decided it was time to move on. During a short break I ate at several of Spain's finest restaurants. Early in 2009 I took a two-month stage at Martín Berasategui's Michelin starred Lasarte, which won its second star later in the year. I then moved to the mountains of València to join the team of Spain's "Chef of the Year" Paco Morales at Hotel Ferrero, where I was subsequently appointed Pastry Chef. I'm passionately pursuing my life-long ambition to become a top-class chef one day and ultimately a world-famous restaurateur.|
|Interests||Cooking, experimental cooking, eating out, drinking out, classic and contemporary film, football, hip-hop and other music, languages, travel|
|Favorite Movies||Movies: Leon, Goodfellas, A Bronx Tale, Pulp Fiction, The Godfather Part I & II, The Usual Suspects, Memento, Scarface, True Romance, City Of God, American Beauty, 21 Grams, Dirty Harry, The Untouchables, Boyz N The Hood, Trainspotting, The Deer Hunter, Dog Day Afternoon, The Shining, King Of New York, Taxi Driver, L.A Confidential, Sleepers, Fight Club, The Shawshank Redemption, Donnie Brasco, Training Day, A Clockwork Orange, Miller's Crossing, Reservoir Dogs, Raging Bull, Seven, Road To Perdition, Tampopo; TV: The Sopranos, The Wire, Dexter, Peep Show, Nathan Barley, The Boosh, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Extras, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Hollyoaks, I'm Alan Partridge, Scrubs, Seinfeld, South Park, Family Guy.|
|Favorite Music||Hip Hop (Golden age, 90s, UK, French), Soul, Classic 60s and 70s Rock, Jazz, Classical|
|Favorite Books||Books by molecular gastronomists and great chefs - but not recipe books! Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring The Science of Flavour by Hervé This. I take in other information via visual media. Must get back to reading classics one day when I have time.|
I set my alarm for the time I need to get up and when the alarm sounds I get out of bed. Life's too short for snoozing. My Dad snoozes.