The Shapeshifters (Max Reich)
The housemaster from Sweden takes us around his culinary world…
A record that always reminds you of Ibiza:
Your perfect breakfast would be:
My perfect breakfast might sound a bit boring to you, but I start every morning with some unflavored Shredded Wheat Bites, organic oats milk, topped up with one chopped apple, a handful of blueberries and 10 raw almonds. I am very particular with the amounts here. However after a good night’s gig I do love an Eggs Florentine with smoked salmon…
The most unusual thing I have ever eaten:
Over the years I’ve eaten both sheep and rabbit’s head including brain, eyes and tongue.
I have also tried exotic things like crocodile, zebra, snake and pig’s balls. I don’t think I’ll ever eat pigs balls again though.
The dish that reminds me of my childhood:
I actually spent most of my childhood in Spain – and what really takes me back is a good ol sweet Horchata.
Who taught you to cook?
I’m mostly self-taught – does Youtube count as self-taught?
Your favourite 3 restaurants in your home city of London
Bento Café in Camden – I come here for my weekly sushi fix. They always have a table and sushi is always great, the miso black cod is also not to miss.
The Mitre – Notting Hill – Best Sunday roast in town. Bloody Mary’s are good too. I’m here almost every Sunday with a big bunch of friends.
Thai Market Place – Portobello Road, been going here for the last 18 years and still my favorite Thai Restaurant in London. The Chu Chee Chicken is my absolute favorite on the menu, not to miss!
5 other restaurants from around the world you love:
Ciel Blue – Amsterdam – This rooftop restaurant has two Michelin stars and has its food served on art pieces. I love the experience and it’s great value for money.
Casa Colonial – Ibiza – it was actually Frankie Knuckles that introduced us to this restaurant over 10 years ago, I always make the effort to come here when in Ibiza.
La Giostra – Florence, numero uno Italia. I stayed in Florence a few days but the food was so good I came back here every day of that holiday.
Grill – Stockholm, probably the best Wagyu beef steak I’ve ever had.
A DJ or musician that has surprised you with their cooking skills…what did they cook
My good friend Carl Ryden, also a fellow music producer never stops impressing me!
On my birthday he cooked me this:
Starter: Serrano Wrapped scallops served on a bed of could flower puree and bean emulsion topped with Parmesan foam.
Mains: Duck breast with Jerusalem artichoke dauphinois gratin, caramelised chicory served with port reduction.
Accompanied with a vintage Amarone wine. – a true master chef indeed.
Your guilty pleasure food. You know you shouldn’t but you always do…
Chocolate in any form or shape, trying to go darker 70% plus.
What is your signature dish?
I cook a mean Fish Pie with a healthy twist by using soya cream and a mix with potatoes and cauliflower mash. I like to keep the carbs & calories down.
If you could have a master-class with a celebrity chef, who’d you pick and why?
Heston Blumental seems like decent cook.
Dead or alive – 3 famous people you would invite around for dinner:
I’d have an action packed dinner with Arnold, Stallone and Bruce!
A dish you have yet to master…
My favorite Thai, Chu Chee chicken curry.
Your favorite pizza topping:
Kebab. Hahaha It’s actually true. Kebab is actually the most popular topping on the pizzas in Sweden’s “Kebab Pizza”. Sounds horrible to some, but it is one of my biggest guilty pleasures. A must when in Sweden!
Your biggest ever food cock up:
A good few year’s back I was hosting a BBQ but was struggling to get the coal going so I added about a bottle and a half of lighter fluid. Upon lightening a small bomb was detonated, burning-off most of my facial hair. I ended up ordering in some food instead.
A dish you just cannot stomach:
You get in from the club pissed, dive in the fridge and usually come out with…?
Trying to keep away from the fridge, but mostly it would be a toasted cheese sandwich.
The most expensive meal you have ever had?
I believe it was Gordon Ramsay’s place at the London Hotel in LA, the premium-tasting menu with the wine package, landing around 800 USD a head, ouch!
The most disgusting thing you have ever eaten at a festival.
We where playing in Copenhagen quite recently actually and the staff chef had made some experimental food that that included pate with fried pig skin, white maggots in some sweet sauce. Not my favorite.
The last time you used a cook book for a meal:
A couple of months ago.
My favourite restaurants on the island:
As mentioned earlier, Casa Colonial.
EL CHIRINGITO – next to Sa Punta, great low key spot for local seafood.
Can Pilot – San Rafael – basic place with great BBQ meat.
The best sunset spot for a cold drink…
Mambo Cafe of course…
…and also Sunset Ashram
Your favourite Ibiza dish:
As I grew up in Spain I still have a soft spot for the seafood paella, always a must while on the island. I like to grab a decent one from El Barco on Talamanca beach.
The perfect 24 hours in Ibiza would be:
Touchdown in the evening. Start off with a late sushi dinner at either b.for…
…or at Pacha’s own restaurant followed with a great set at Pacha together with a few drinks.
Then a good night’s sleep at El Hotel, next morning a light breakfast at Passion (or Blue Marlin’s Egg’s Benedict), some sun/snooze on the beach, finish off with a dinner at Casa Colonial if the flight leaves after midnight. – a winning formula that’s been working for the last 10 years…