10 Questions With Lee Skeet


This year Boardmasters is proud to introduce The Wild Oyster Restaurant hosted by Lee Skeet, one of the most exciting chefs in the South-West. Lee has worked at some of the world’s top restaurants including the Michelin-starred Hedone in London before laying down his roots in his native home of Cornwall. We caught up with Lee and asked him a whole host of questions about cooking, recommendations, favourite acts and much more...

1. Hey Lee! How would you describe your cooking style?

Simple, local and ambitious. I rely on finding the best produce I can and cooking it well rather than trying to put a million things on the plate or pairing ridiculous flavours together to be different.

2. Do you have any inspirations or people you look up to?

I have a huge amount of professional respect for Marcus Wareing. The chefs I admire are the ones who don't take themselves too seriously, have their own style and have the balls to not do what everyone else is doing.

3. If you could cook a meal with 3 people, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

Chris Pontius (Party Boy from Jackass) - I find him hilarious.

Chabuddy G (from People Just Do Nothing) - if there's one thing I respect in a gentleman it's a snappy dress sense! I think he's actually going to be at Boardmasters this year so might get to do this one! 

Gordon Ramsay - I've cooked for him a few times before, including Christmas dinner for his family one year. But I was always cooking his dishes. I'd love to get his opinion on my dishes and his advice now it's been a few years. Also I'd really love to have me, Gordon, Chris Pontius and Chabuddy G around a table with a bottle of rum!

4. Are there any foods that you dislike?

I really hate peas and raw tomatoes.

5. Do you have a favourite cooking show?

If you've never watched Ramsay's Boiling Point- a series made before he was famous- get on YouTube and watch it. It's the greatest cooking program of all time! While you're on YouTube have a look for "Marco cooks for..." a series about Marco Pierre White which is amazing. I'm not really into any competition ones like Masterchef as they rarely have any really good quality chefs on them.  Also I really like Rick Stein, but I think that's just because I want to have his lifestyle, getting paid to travel, eat and drink!

6. What is your guilty pleasure food?

Whenever we get a lamb delivered I take the belly straight away for myself, roast it whole, and just eat a huge plate of lamb with nothing except gravy and a glass (*bottle) of red wine to wash it down.

7. Who does the cooking at home?

I don't eat breakfast, and I only really eat once a day whenever I get hungry so end up eating my meals at like 3pm or 9pm and miss most family meals. My girlfriend cooks for herself and my son and I end up making my own meals. I do host some pretty good family barbecues in the summer though.

8. What’s the best food you’ve tasted at a festival and why?

I tend to live on rum and cider. Although I once had a pretty good ostrich burger at Boardmasters.

9. Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Boardmasters?

I reckon I'm going to be too busy cooking to see many acts but I'm hoping to sneak out the kitchen on Sunday night and see Stormzy - who's album is one of my favourite of the year - and hopefully Ziggy Marley and alt-J. 

10. And finally, which dish are you most looking forward to cooking on The Wild Oyster menu?

Mackerel with cucumber and cider vinegar sauce.

 


Quick Fire Round

Seafood or red meat? Seafood. 

Cornwall or Devon? If you want cider and great food go to Cornwall. If you want cider and a fight go to Devon!

Beach BBQ or hog roast? Barbecue.

Surf, sunbathe, or sunset? Surf.

Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver? Gordon Ramsay. Jamie Oliver isn't fit to be in the same sentence.

Click here to book in and taste Lee Skeet's delicious food at 'The Wild Oyster' Boardmasters Restaurant this Summer!

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