Meet the Chef - Toby Geneen, Kindling Restaurant, Brighton

Toby Geneen

Toby Geneen - Credit: Archant

We speak to the head chef at Kindling Restaurant on East Street, Brighton

What first inspired you to become a chef?

Definitely reading Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential when I was 12.

Which career achievements are you most proud of?

I would have to say opening Kindling. The opportunity to execute a concept that had been brewing between myself and our executive chef Holly Taylor has been amazing.

Do you have a signature dish?

No. But boy do I love wild garlic!

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What do you cook at home after a busy shift?

To be honest after a busy and long shift I often head straight to bed. Although on my days off, I love to cook comfort food. One-pot wonders like slow-braised lamb shank or a short rib.

Favourite Sussex delicacy?

For this time of year, I would have to say venison. We have some lovely Ashdown Forest venison on the menu at the moment - our customers love it. We forage a lot of our own produce at Kindling, so from midsummer to autumn we are on the hunt for great Sussex produce like elderflower, cobnuts and elderberries.

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What is your culinary guilty pleasure?

I'll be honest, it's a Maccy D's!

Where do you like to go to eat in the county if you ever get out of the kitchen?

I have dined out in a few local restaurants recently. Heritage in Slaugham was a pleasant surprise. Those guys are going places quickly. Also The Flint House in Brighton. Tom Wright is a cracking chef!