Sebby Holmes, who was until recently head chef at Soho’s Smoking Goat, is running a monthly series of Kitchen Residencies while he sets up his first bricks and mortar gaff.
Why should you care, I hear you ask?!
Seb started cooking when he was 13 where he grew up in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. He trained in a 2 roaster British European hotel and fell in love with cooking. It was here he was taught how to forage and use seasonal ingredients at their best when possible.
Sebby then travelled at 17, Thailand, oz, nz and Fiji for a year for fun and food. When he came back Seb continued cooking whilst going to Kingston university and getting a degree in journalism. You can now read his food blog with his Thai recipes and general bollocks (www.articuleat.com).
After graduating he went to the Begging Bowl in Peckham where he fell in love with Thai food, then worked his way to sous chef within a year and stayed there for another two.
Here Seb met Andy Oliver from Som Saa, and Anitta potter (one of David Thomsons head chefs) so was surrounded by amazing talent for years and they all shared all of their knowledge with him, all still good friends today.
From this Seb was headhunted to help launch the Smoking Goat as head chef. He did this for a year and received rave reviews from all major media outlets, bloggers and customers.
Now at 25, it’s time for Seb to give it a try himself. He believes in a fun interactive style of eating, and hold no loyalty to authenticity, just flavour. He chose the name Farang to show people that he’s honest about what he do, in his own words ‘white boy cooking Thai food’.
UPDATED 7 March 2016