We sit down in the kitchen of Graham Lord in his new Malachi guise after wowing dancefloors around the world as Audiowhores / Word of Mouth…
A record that always reminds you of Ibiza
Of course the ultimate record that always reminds me of Ibiza is Cafe Del Mar by Energy 52…that track just oozes the Ibizan Balearic vibe!
Your perfect breakfast would be…
A Full English breakfast with good quality sausages, bacon and Portobello mushrooms cooked in garlic, butter and thyme.
The most unusual thing I have ever eaten…
Crocodile tails at the Everglades near Miami.
The dish that reminds me of my childhood
It has to be my mum’s Sunday Roast with all the trimmings…especially the Yorkshire puddings…mmm.
Who taught you to cook?
I’m pretty much self-taught. I’ve a done few Thai Cookery Classes…one in Bali and the other in the UK. I guess on top of that I’ve picked up tips from watching foodie programmes such as Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey and reading cookbooks / magazines.
Your favourite 3 restaurants in Manchester…
Turtle Bay Caribbean Restaurant (below) – if you like it hot!!
Obsidian Restaurant & Cocktail bar – owned by none other than Sir Cliff Richard.
Nino’s Italian Restaurant – in a small village just outside of Manchester – quite literally THE BEST Italian food I have ever tasted outside of Italy.
Your favourite 3 restaurants from around the world
Chandi – Seminyak Bali…amazing Indonesian satay & fusion restaurant.
The Fat Duck – Berkshire, UK…the superb Michelin star restaurant owned by Heston Blumenthal.
Vertigo Restaurant – Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok…the very best of dining atmospheres on the rooftop of the tallest southern hemisphere hotel offering 360 degree views of Bangkok.
Your guilty pleasure food. You know you shouldn’t but you always do…
Chocolate! Green & Blacks Milk Chocolate is a favourite of mine at the moment.
What is your signature dish
Indonesian Nasi Goreng. I managed to woo my wife by cooking this for her!
If you could have a master-class with a celebrity chef, who’d you pick and why?
Jamie Oliver…on the basis that I think I would get along with him quite well, he’s a ‘boy next door’ character, a bit like myself and he likes his music.
The most you have ever spent on a meal
£200 for 2 Japanese beer fed & saki massaged “Kobe” steaks…no wine, no starters and no deserts. It was my honeymoon though at the W Hotel in Bali.
Dead or alive – 3 people from history/celebrities you would invite around for dinner…
Liam from The Prodigy – I think we would have a good studio / tech chat. Larry Levan – It would be great to hear his stories from the Paradise Garage and hopefully he would spill the beans on a few notorieties. Sir Edmund Hillary – the first person to reach the summit of Mt Everest with Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. I find it fascinating what men and women have been through throughout the ages to conquer Everest. This expedition in 1953 was hosted by the Brits and was almost a precision military operation when you look at the sheer numbers of people involved…from making/ testing equipment back in the UK, to the 600 people hired to carry resources to the various camps. Hillary was named one of the “100 most influential people of the 20th century”. I’d love to hear it in his own words what it was like to reach the “top of the world”.
A dish you have yet to master…
I can’t think of anything I’ve yet to master but I’ll admit it took me a while to master a good risotto. The key for me was keeping the stock hot and taking my time.
Your favourite pizza topping
I prefer to keep things simple on pizza. My favourite would be Pepperoni & Mushroom.
Your biggest ever food cock up
I’ve been quite lucky so far! None that I can think of.
A dish you just cannot stomach
I can’t stand olives! My wife loves them and she’s still trying lure me into them.
My favourite restaurants on the island…
Thai’d Up – Ibiza Old Town. They only have 4 tables so make sure you book. For Ibiza the prices are quite good too.
La Bodega – Talamanca. Some amazing tapas here. Love the vibe here too.
The best sunset spot for a cold drink…
The Golden Buddha on the Sunset Strip. For me this the most chilled out place for sunset. Mambo and Savannah are great too but I much prefer to chill at Golden Buddha.
Your favourite Ibiza dish
It’s not a food but it would have to be Hierbas…love it…ha!
The perfect 24 hours in Ibiza would be…
Chilling on Salinas beach outside Jon Sa Trinxa’s bar lapping up the gorgeous tunes and atmosphere. This would have to be followed by the obligatory ‘siesta / disco nap’. Then pre-dinner drinks with friends at the villa / apartment. Dinner at any of the aforementioned restaurants followed by drinks at KM5 before hitting Pacha or Space.