Pete Gooding

The Cafe Mambo, Hostal La Torre and Pikes resident gets our mouths watering


A record that always reminds you of Ibiza

Can’t name just one so any of these from my early years there…

Kariya – Let Me Love You For Tonight – 1989

Lil Louis – French Kiss – 1989

Voice Of Africa – Hoomba Hoomba – 1990

Off – Electric Salsa – 1987

Apex Twin – We Are The Music Makers – 1990

Your perfect breakfast would be…

A home made juice, maybe ginger, turmeric, pineapple and carrot.


The most unusual thing I have ever eaten…

Nothing too exterminate to be honest, I thought snails were unusual the first time I had them but they seem pretty normal now.


The dish that reminds me of my childhood

Roast lamb with fresh mint sauce cooked by my Nan Dolly.


Who taught you to cook?

I taught myself when I was about 14 years old as I was always fascinated by cooking.

Your favourite 3 restaurants in your home Ibiza…

Cas Pages in San Carlos when I fancy a nice warming stew…


La Paloma for lunch in the summer as the Aubergine salad and Lamb Focaccia are both amazing…


Passion for a great salad any time of the year.


5 other restaurants from around the world you love

Beast in London for giant crab


Sheer Rocks in Antigua for a fine dinning take on tapas


Fogo De Chao in Rio for amazing meat


Nobu in L.A. for sushi


Juan Y Andrea in Formetera for Lobster Caldereta stew and Clams Fisherman’s style.


A DJ or musician that has surprised you with their cooking skills…what did they cook

Steve Miller (A.K.A. legendary chill out producer Afterlife) has taught me more about proper food than anyone I know over the last 15 years from staying with him at his place in Cornwall. His amazing breakfasts are legendary now to me and all my friends, too many to mention but he taught me about healthy organic food and he grows all his own veg which has been a huge influence on me ever since!


Your guilty pleasure food. You know you shouldn’t but you always do…

Cheese, I love it, especially Comte and extremely mature Cheddar with fresh sour dough and a glass of Rioja!

What is your signature dish?

I’m pretty good at very healthy salads and roast dinners.

If you could have a master-class with a celebrity chef, who’d you pick and why?

Alex Grimley who worked for Marco Pierre White (and owns Sheer Rocks in Antigua) is a mate and I stay with him and his wife regularly, so he is always giving me a master-class which is amazing for me, I love it an always make notes.


Dead or alive – 3 famous people you would invite around for dinner…

Frank Sinatra, Richard Branson and Quincy Jones.

A dish you have yet to master…

Not tried anything and not pulled it off yet, but never tried a soufflé which can be notoriously hard to make!

Your favourite pizza topping

Keep it simple. Mozzarella and tomato maybe with some pepperoni…


Your biggest ever food cock up

I made a tasteless pasta dish recently in Ibiza for one of my artists, very embarrassing after bigging myself up, that will teach me.

A dish you just cannot stomach

Under cooked egg white makes me want to vomit to be honest, I feel ill just writing it!

You get in from the club pissed, dive in the fridge and usually come out with…?

Hopefully a fresh juice and a roast squash salad so that it would make me feel better the next day. Naughty stodge would only add to the problem. When I was younger it would be cheese and crackers or a dirty nasty kebab on the way home.


The most expensive meal you have ever had?

Around £300 per head.

The most disgusting thing you have ever eaten at a festival

Oh god that’s a tough one. I have eaten so much bad festival food over the years, I would not know where to start. Thank god they got better recently!

The last time you used a cook book for a meal…

Maybe 6 months ago, it was a vegetarian cook book from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, it’s a really good book!



The best sunset spot for a cold drink…

Hostal La Torre in Cap Negret, now owned by Cafe Mambo. I’m resident DJ and Musical Director.


Your favourite Ibiza dish

Arroz De Matanza – a local stew made from chicken, pork, rabbit, rice, mushrooms and the stock its very rich and full of flavour.


The perfect 24 hours in Ibiza would be…

Breakfast at Passion Cafe then sailing to Formentara on a private boat with my mates, swimming in the sea off Illetas Beach, followed by lunch at Juan Y Andrea eating lobster and clams, sail back to Ibiza and watch the sunset near Es Vedra while I’m playing music on the boat. Then on land for dinner at Sa Capella…


…then down to Cafe Mambo for a drink with Javi the owner to hear a few great stories!