Tapas Quiz: Alex James

He is a member of one of the most beloved british pop bands. But besides being Blur’s bass playe, he is also recognized cheesmaker, working with Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve to Revive the aperitif from London’s 19th-century gentelmen’s club.

1. What is your favorite food?

That would be cheese.

2. …And the one you hate the most?

I had raw whale tongue in Japan. It was like chewing my own tongue off. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be a fan.

3. What would you eat right now?

Maybe some tapas? Chorizo al infierno.

4. The first restaurant you went to?

My granddad was a chef. He ran a small hotel and I used to love helping him in the kitchen. So my first experience with restaurants was behind the scenes really.

5. A restaurant you would never recommend?

I don’t like those ‘all-you-can-eat’ places.

6. A place to discover?

I was in Peru recently and went to a restaurant where I didn’t recognize a single ingredient on the entire menu. I love trying new things though.

7. Your favorite drink?

I’ve fallen in love with Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve sipping gin. It’s a masterpiece.

8. Your first drink?

Cider. It’s a rite of passage for British teenagers.

9. …And the last one?

An ice cold glass of Burrough’s Reserve, delicious!

10. A recipe you excel at?

I love making pizzas with the kids. Great fun.

11. Song/movie or book that makes you hungry?

I love reading cookbooks. Jane Grigson (author of Vegetable Book, 1978; Fruit Book, 1982) is my favorite food writer. She always makes me feel ravenous.

12. One that makes you sick to your stomach?

I’m pretty unshockable.

13. A food memory from your childhood?

Warm milk and wood fires.

14. What would you have as your last meal?

Roast beef with a sauce made from my blue cheese, Blue Monday. Might have that tonight, actually…

15. What is never missing in your fridge?

If you’ve got butter, eggs and milk, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Nothing in the world. Good stock is always useful, too.

16. A food you hated but now love?

Oysters. Nobody likes their first oyster, or their second. You need to try them about six times. Then… you’re hooked.

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