Interview with Table 7 chef Garcia Diaz
PUBLISHED: 09:23 11 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:40 20 February 2013
Interview with Victor Garcia Diaz, chef at Table 7 in Chingford.
Name: Victor Garcia Diaz
Job title: Professional Chef/Restaurateur
Restaurant: Table 7
How did you get started?
At the age of 18 I was introduced to Gary Rhodes and taken under his wing as a commis chef. Over three years I gained experience and was made senior chef de partie at the City Rhodes restaurant in Blackfriars, London.
Where have you worked before now?
After City Rhodes, I went on to help open The Peasant in Clerkenwell as chef de partie. Within three months I was promoted to head chef and eighteen months later, we won an award as the best gastro pub in London, seeing off some serious competition from the likes of Jamie Olivers 15 and Moro, Clerkenwell.
What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?
In 2003 I left London to work as personal chef to fashion designer, Tommy Hillfiger. I was stationed on a private island estate in the Caribbean. I regularly cooked for A list celebrities and other guests of Tommy. My proudest moment was an evening when Janet Jackson, Enrique Iglesias and Mick Jagger all complimented my cooking.
If you could invite five famous people, living or dead, to a dinner party who would they be?
Princess Diana, tenor Luciano Pavarotti, former US president John F Kennedy, Baroness Margaret Thatcher and Pussycat Doll, Nicole Sherzinger
Where would you host it?
The best restaurant in the world,
Table 7 Chingford. Where else?
What would you serve?
For starters, I would serve asparagus gratin with a poached duck egg and hollandaise sauce. For my main it would have to be fillet of beef with carrot puree, and dauphinoise potato topped with a lobster claw. For dessert I would do my chocolate fondant served with berry compote and a homemade pistachio ice cream.
Which chef would you ask to cook?
My head chef Paul Oleary and I have both worked in Michelin star restaurants, so I think we would do a good job.
How would the seating plan look?
Princess Dianna and Pavarotti on my left, Nicole opposite me, and JFK and Barroness Thatcher on my right.
What would you talk about?
I have no doubt the conversation would centre on world issues, and I would love to delve into world politics and secrets, as well as the low down on the royal family.
Who would dominate the conversation?
In my dream dinner party, I would dominate the conversation.
If your guests start getting bored how would you entertain them?
With guests like these, I cant see any boring moments.
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