World Chefs: Jane Tran offers quality meals in minutes
By Matilda Egere-Cooper
LONDON (Reuters) - Canadian-born chef Jane Tran landed in London from the United States three years ago, launching a Canadian food pop-up at the London Olympics and running supper clubs across the capital to develop her cosmopolitan approach to home-cooking.
This year she moved to Eat First, a tech-start up and delivery service that aims to deliver high quality food to City offices within 15 minutes. The service has also launched in Berlin with long-term plans to roll out worldwide.
The 34-year-old spoke to Reuters about the London food scene, working with Michelin-starred chefs and her plans to change the face of fast food.
Q: Why did you move to London?
A: I really wanted just to move to another country and learn a different culture, a different kitchen, and a different mentality. I had heard so many great things about the London food scene and how it was evolving. And I’ve always wanted to work in Europe and experience more exposure of that.
Q: What do you think of the food scene so far?
A: I love that people are trying to eat healthier. I love that people in London are extremely well traveled and really adventurous. They want to taste that great Thai curry they remember in Bangkok. They want to have that Vietnamese pork they had in Hanoi. They’ve been to Peru and they miss ceviche. I think that part really resonated with me, that it’s so multicultural. You can go to Brixton and buy groceries that are Jamaican, and then you can buy groceries from Trinidad – and then you go around the corner and there’s a Portuguese market. I love that.
Q: You trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York and worked with a number of Michelin-starred chefs in your career. What have you learned from them? Continued...