The life of a development chef

The life of a development chef

The life of a development chef. Where do I begin?

After so many years spent working in restaurant kitchens, I admit stepping into a development kitchen involved plenty of adjustment.But now, I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.

Working 9-5 obviously has its benefits, especially after so long working ridiculous hours in hot kitchens for people like Marco Pierre White (but what a blast that was!).

But that’s not the reason I like development work so much.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Airline food

Airline food

In a previous life, I worked making food for the airline industry making airline food.

Unfortunately, unless you are lucky enough to have travelled first class with BA, Virgin, Emirates or American, you would never have tried the food I made.

But do you know the difference between food in first class and standard class? Aside from it being served on plates and having real cutlery, it comes down to less than £1.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day

I always find it funny how so many non-Irish people celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Poor St David, St George and St Andrew don’t get a look in when it comes to St Paddy’s Day. When it comes down to it I think it’s because we all just love the idea of the ‘craic’ and an excuse to have a good drink. And, let’s face it, what’s not to like about a pint of the ‘black stuff’?

Whilst I am a New Zealander, with the name Connell I don’t think anyone would begrudge me celebrating today and I am happy to share a St Patrick’s Day recipe.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
British Pie Week

British Pie Week

It’s British Pie Week I would like to start off with the question that is on absolutely no-one’s mind, who really did eat all the pies?

Depending on who you believe, it originated from a football chant aimed at Victorian goalkeeper known, affectionately we hope, as William ‘Fatty’ Foulke.

At 24 stone, he is the Guinness Book of Records’ heaviest ever professional player, so there may be some truth in the story.

Perhaps this is what Sutton reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw had in mind when he was filmed eating a pie during his team’s recent FA Cup game with Arsenal, although I suspect his chance of making it professional and beating William’s record is slim, sorry couldn’t resist!

Anyway, back to pie.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
I wish it could be christmas every day

I wish it could be Christmas every day

Staff at SK Chilled Foods don’t need to wish it could be Christmas every day, because it practically is!

Last Christmas was the company’s busiest and most successful ever, with over 50 different products being supplied to most of the UK’s largest supermarkets chains. This included:

  • 3.2 million packs of food supplied to UK supermarkets from October to December.
  • Over 7.1 million pieces of breaded cheese ‘bites’ made
  • 4.7 million duck spring rolls produced

Whilst the thought of Christmas food this early in the year may be too much for many to stomach, in the SK development kitchen they have already started developing the products that people will be eating in 2017.

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Katie Beaumont
Marketing & Communications Executive of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.