I was born in the mid 70's to English and Greek Parents in Westminster, London. I, along with the rest of my family, have always cooked, mainly English and Greek food but, as I got older and went exploring the world, I fell in love with all things spicy.
Revealed via my channel are the methods used in British Indian Restaurants. Ever wondered how they make their curries?? You have come to the right place!!
My father was a Chef, who specialised in Greek food, a hotelier and, later in life, went on to opening a very large bakery in Limassol, Cyprus. At any one time he owned and ran at least two restaurants. This is where my mother come onto the scene, she met my father in one of those eateries and went on to become an employee who jointly ran the business together.
Eating Curry in Tenerife with my Mum
food & travel
My life's ambition was always to travel and see the world. I figured from a very young age that if I had only a small time on this earth, I wanted to see as much of it as I possibly could. This I have achieved to a certain extent. Having covered large parts of continental Europe and Mediterranean Islands, I have also ventured out to the U.S and most of the islands of the Caribbean Sea. The Middle East adorned me with its many spices and culinary delights. As far as Africa goes I have only visited Egypt 5 times. Asia is on my radar and maybe Australia just too far. But my life's philosophy is "Never say never"
I just love spice markets. Take me to any Middle Eastern or Asian Spice market and I am right at home. I just love the aromas of the raw spices in their wooden barrels or upholstered sacs. Spices I am familiar with and spices that are rare. Talking to local people to find out what tips and tricks they may have to give me. Truly, the world can be a joy!!
Eating Indian in Vienna, Austria
Me Eating Out
Since 1997 I have eaten out a hell of a lot! In fact, if you cared to mention a town or city in the UK, chances are I probably would have had a curry there. I have come to know, through being a regular, open and friendly guy, a great many Indian chefs, as well as some Bangladeshi and Pakistani ones.
Eating out is always a pleasure. The ambiance, the food, the fragrance of it being cooked, as well as the thought of knowing there will be no washing up at the end.. It's all good, right? Even better for me was the mission of trying to create my favourite dishes at home, no matter how long it took me to achieve!
I hope you get to try and share a few of the gems I have on my Youtube channel called Al's Kitchen .
Absorbing the local language, sights and smells in Kas, Turkey.