A restaurant owner at 21, now Luke launches book - The Evesham Observer

A restaurant owner at 21, now Luke launches book

Evesham Editorial 4th Sep, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016   0

TV CHEF and the joint owner of a popular Broadway restaurant Luke Thomas has spoken of his delight after launching his first ever cookbook.

Luke, who is only 20-years-old, is regarded as one of the nation’s promising chefs and has appeared on several programmes including Great British Menu, Britain’s Youngest Chef and Junior Masterchef.

And now the talented cook has launched his new book ‘Luke’s Cookbook’ at Broadway High Street restaurant Lukes Broadway which he jointly owns with the village’s historic 16th Century hotel Lygon Arms.

Luke was on hand to meet a number of guests throughout the day as well as cook them up some treats which feature in the new book.

The book, published by Penguin Books, gives recipes to 100 classic British dishes which have been given a unique modern makeover by the star chef. The Times newspaper voted it the best book of the week last week.

Luke’s talent in the kitchen came to the spotlight at just the age of 15 when he was the crowned the winner of FutureChef – a programme which Luke now hopes will inspire other talented teens.

At 18 he then became the UK’s youngest head chef. Now, he is Chef Patron of several Luke’s branded restaurants around the UK and was the creator of Retro Feasts, an exciting six month pop-up restaurant in London.

Speaking to the Observer, Luke said he was thrilled with how the book has come out and hoped it will inspire more people to get into the kitchen and try new tastes.

“Launching this book has been really exciting and been lots of fun,” he said. “I’m really pleased with the response it has got and they understand what’s it all about.

“Making the book was not something I planned, it happened rather naturally and when I started talking to publishers with the aim of what i wanted to do and then Penguin bought into it.

“It’s a great feeling to have made a cookbook for the first time, I learnt a hell of a lot. It’s a bizarre feeling when you go into WHSmiths and you see the book there.

“All the recipes are simple, old school fun. There are no complicated preparation techniques and no ingredients you can’t pick

up at your regular supermarket. There’s nothing there that’s going to break the bank.

“I love to have fun with food and I want to show that cooking and entertaining doesn’t have to be a pressure to get right.”

Luke’s Cookbook is available to buy on Amazon and other book retailers including WHSmiths and Waterstones.

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