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'My Desert Island Dishes' by Chef Theo Randall

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 Theo Randall Dishes

What inspires award-winning Chef Theo Randall in the kitchen? Alongside his passion for ingredients, travel and wine, music helps Theo get his mojo working. We asked Theo about his top tunes to cook to and the reason behind each song…

Spaghetti alle Vongole
When the clams pop open, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is the perfect accompaniment. The piece adds drama, life and excitement and makes cooking even more enjoyable. As Figaro, the barber himself, arrives on the scene and launches into the classic Largo Al Factotum, it’s as if the clams themselves are calling his name.

Fish Stew
Fish stew is a labour of love and Places & Spaces by Donald Byrd is a great song for sitting back, relaxing with a glass of wine and watching the stew cook. And if the stew needs longer cooking time, just rewind and start the track all over again – and pour another glass! 

Amalfi Lemon Tart 
Hang Up Your Hang Ups by funk and jazz legend Herbie Hancock is the perfect match for my signature dessert. Hancock’s legendary synthesizer and horns combination is as zesty as that delicious Amalfi lemon. Both help brighten my day so it makes perfect sense that they would go together.

Smooth, a bit luxurious and to be enjoyed with a good bottle of wine, cooking Risotto means that it’s time for the so called Walrus of Love, Barry White and his classic It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me. I don’t think I need to go into too much detail on this one!

Ravioli di Erbette
Finally, no top tune list should be complete without a Stevie Wonder track. Sir Duke and Ravioli di Erbette are a great combination as both are lively, fun, and exciting, and the welcome end to a long day.

Get more music and food pairing advice from Theo by joining him on Twitter (@theorandall) and see Theo in action in his weekly video recipe series for the Huffington Post. Be sure to catch Theo at this year's Taste of London Winter too, held from 20th - 23rd November. 



Celebrated Chef Randall (former head partner the River Café) prepares rustic Italian fare with the finest seasonal ingredients in one of London’s best Italian restaurants; Theo Randall at the InterContinental. 


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