Catching Up With The Chef
With just under two weeks to go before the festival’s screening of Big Night, we caught up with Conrad Lynton-Jenkins, the director and head chef at Cherry Picked Catering, who will be providing the three course Italian dining experience alongside the film…
Tell us a little more about yourself and Cherry Picked:
My earliest memories as a child are of watching my mum cooking, mealtimes were always really important in my family and a lot of time was spent round the kitchen table. At around 15 I decided to get a part time job in my local hotel, I started in the pot wash but gradually moved my way up the kitchen, I have been cooking ever since.
I founded Cherry Picked 8 years ago, which has grown since then, but my core team have been with me pretty much since the start. During the week we cater for a lot of corporate events within Bristol and the South West, whether it’s canapés and fine dining or sandwich lunches and BBQs. At the weekends we are pretty busy with weddings.
What can we expect on the menu at Big Night and how does it fit the film?
A proper Italian feast with sharing and interaction at its core – a perfect pairing with the movie.
Other than the amazing food on display in Big Night, of course, are there any other stand-out meals in movies that you think look delicious?
The documentary Jiro Dreams Of Sushi just looks incredible. It makes me want to hop on a plane! It’s such an amazing skill, one which clearly takes decades of practice.
What’s your perfect film and food pairing?
I love cooking for groups, so having a family who grew up in the age of Harry Potter I loved cooking big banquets for them and their friends – it became a bit of a thing for us with each release. Of course I always had to get a few appropriately gruesome ‘treats’ into the mix too!
This event is kindly sponsored by Nisbets – find out more about them here.