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MY STORY

THE SYNOPSIS

Matias, the food writter behind this blog. A sybarite, food lover, drinks enthusiast and traveller.

Matias

Frustrated chef, food manic, drinks enthusiast & taste-maker.

Based in London but originally from Chile, I'm a food & drinks enthusiast who's on a journey & mission to find the right places for the right occasions in the capital.

From charming London pubs to hidden local shops and upscale dining experiences, I aim to uncover the gems that may not be found on popular platforms like Timeout, Design My Night, and other mainstream media outlets.

Almost every weekend, you'll find me hosting a dinner party because cooking is one of my passions.

Follow me on this ongoing discovery journey across London and many other cities around the world.

THE LONG VERSION

I guess my story isn't too different from that of many other sybarites out there, but I'll share it anyway for you to understand more about me.

Born and raised in Chile, I made the move to London over 12 years ago, and since then, I've had the pleasure of indulging in the culinary offerings of this cosmopolitan capital on a weekly basis.

My passion for food and cooking can be likened to the famous flashback scene from Ratatouille featuring "Anton Ego". That child sitting in the chair was me, but even more involved, as I would spend entire mornings and afternoons watching and assisting my grandmother as she prepared feasts for our entire family. She is an exceptional cook, and I consider myself fortunate to have had her as my culinary mentor. She taught me everything, from the basics of kitchen work, like harvesting and cutting, to the joys of being a bother while she prepared the most amazing dishes.

 

I used to live in the capital city of Chile, Santiago, but spent most of my winters and summers in the southern part of the country, at my grandparents’ farmhouse. It all began there, my understanding of food, and the sensory elements to it; from picking and smelling the food, to getting the eggs from the barn or bringing milk to the house - that’s all that sparked my early interest in cooking. My grandmother of German heritage, my Hungarian grandad and my great grandmother who used to have a humble restaurant back in Hungary, brought a whole new dimension to the food we used to eat in Chile, mostly inspired by all the traditional Hungarian and German recipes. I cannot imagine the privilege it was for my grandmother to have daily access to such a pantry, directly at her food steps (literally). That was the time when as a kid, we both used to pick all the ingredients one can think of to prepare family feasts. That also included meat, which mostly came from their cattle, as well as poultry, fresh unpasteurised milk and freshly laid eggs - the dream of today’s London chefs.

That chapter of my childhood inspired me to keep on cultivating this passion for food until today, now only from an aficionado perspective because I did not have the guts to pursue a career in the kitchen. I had a more serious approach to food, back when in my early 20s I had a small sushi delivery venture, delivering rolls for parties, dinners and events. Eventually, I had to call it a day when I decided to move to London.

 

Once in London and like many others in their mid-twenties who were looking for overseas experience, I had to first find a way of making a living in the capital. I started as a waiter at a couple of restaurants and clubs but finally managed to stick to a Thai restaurant for almost a year, where I also had the chance to learn some basics in the kitchen. And the story somehow repeated itself, I did not have the guts to “switch or begin” a new career in the kitchen, so I decided to continue with the original plan to become a nobody in the Digital Marketing and Social Media world. Thanks to that decision and to my career as a Communicator and Marketeer, I’m an educated and professional nobody, who can enjoy weekly meals at restaurants as well as cooking for my wife and friends. That’s what and where you’ll find me most weekends; hosting dinner parties because there’s nothing I enjoy more than having people who share the love of food, drinks and a good laugh around a table.

To me food goes beyond the act of feeding. It's a way to immerse myself in a culture, appreciate the dedication and attention to detail that goes into cooking and eating, and savour the sensory experience it offers. All of that combined with the right people around a table, that's my definition of happiness - a sequence that can last hours. 

So when I’m not cooking, I’m either spending most of my nobody’s income in a pub, or restaurant or doing all of the above in a different country. With this blog, I intend to share my years of in situ research of the best culinary options in the capital, from cheap eats to high-end restaurants, to shops and markets every foodie should visit!

 

And how not to close this section with one of my favourite quotes by the one and only Francis Mallman, who in one of his first books and cooking series (way before Netflix), gives a window to what I described above.

 

"When it's time to sit down to eat, I don't care how people dress or talk, look, sound or even smell. All people are beautiful if they share one simple quality: respect for food, for the moment, and mutual respect, for those who cook, those who serve, and those who eat. Those people are always welcome at my table."

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