~ By Lucie Dissaux, Recruitment Resourcer – Fine Dining
Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting one of London’s finest chefs – Tomas Lidakevicius who heads up the brigade at The Peninsula, Intercontinental O2. Exciting times ahead as he will be collaborating with Thomas Bühner, three-star Michelin chef of La Vie, in OSNABRÜCK, Germany at The Peninsular restaurant. This unique collaboration lasts for 3 days, starting this Thursday 28th June. Check out the details here:
Here’s what Chef Tomas had to say…
Why did you decide to become a chef?
I was bad at school and it happened I did a chef school, where I finish with the top marks and the next day, I was in London. However, before working as a chef in London, I worked in a building site.
What is your background? You are still young…
My first kitchen was in the St Stephen’s private members club, then I moved to Galvin at Windows and Corrigan’s Mayfair. Stayed one year at Texture and went to City Social. Afterwards, I had my first experience in a hotel at the Corinthia and now I am at the Peninsula.
What are the products which inspire most your cuisine?
It’s seasonal products which inspire me the most. I have a close relationship with suppliers. My cuisine comes from everywhere. It’s the Peninsula’s style.
Who is the chef you admire the most?
Thomas Buchner. However, I also admire a lot of chefs. Every chef can inspire you. Today with Instagram it is so easy to follow, see what other chefs do. You wouldn’t have enough pages to write the list.
What would be your tips for this new chef generation?
It would be to work hard, love what you do. But it works for all of us
How did the collaboration start with Thomas Bühner?
Thomas Buchner is following me on Instagram, and one day I decided to send him a message and the three-star Michelin chef replied. It is how their exchange started. However, it took more than a year to organise the event.
Good luck to these two excellent chefs, and of course the team who will be supporting them.
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