FOOD & DRINK
What's in your fridge? Chef Schilo van Coevorden opens up
Words by Rob Chilton
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Executive chef and founder of award-winning restaurant Taiko, Schilo van Coevorden is in charge of its first international outpost at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk
The Dutchman lives in Amsterdam but is currently in Dubai for five weeks overseeing the Taiko Dubai opening.
At home in Amsterdam, I am the one who has been charged with organising the fridge, However, my family tends to make a mess of it after, which then leads to me re-organising it. I am a big believer in keeping my fridge tidy. In fact, I'd say I treat my fridge with the same discipline as my restaurants.
Food for my fish. I have a mini blowfish, similar to the Japanese Fugu. I also have seven types of mustard.
Caviar. You never know who might come to dinner.
I make an amazing fresh pistachio milk and also a home-made hazelnut milk.
Absolutely: a special smoked beef sausage from Amsterdam.
I absolutely love soft drinks, you could say I am somewhat of a soft drink fanatic. So you will likely find cans or bottles that I have imported or bought from all over the world. Some of them have been there for years as they were very difficult to find, I like the look of them and therefore can’t bring myself to drink them. From Japanese ice teas and limited-edition Dr Pepper to Fever Tree sodas, there really is a whole range in my fridge.
Oh yes, I probably have more items in my store cupboards than in all my restaurants combined.
I never make a list as I like to keep my cooking seasonal. Based on what is available, I make the meal in my mind as I shop.
Egg fried rice with peanut sauce and prawn crackers is my ultimate late-night meal.
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