Tim Anderson, Grilled!

Former bar manager at the Euston Tap, Tim, 26 was the youngest ever winner of Masterchef this year, John Torode said his cooking was the “best culinary explosion” the programme had ever seen. Tim’s been busy with all kinds of projects since, including cooking at Pipe Dream restaurant where fellow Masterchef contestant James Perry also has been doing stints.

His next project is working with will be showcasing his food at Malaysia Night, a FREE event which will offer a unique opportunity to experience the very best of Malaysia’s cuisine. Over twenty Malaysian restaurants – including Satay House, Awana, Tukdin and Makan Cafe – will be serving their own individual signature street food inspired dishes.


If money was no object, where would you open a restaurant and what would it be like?
A shack on a beach in Hawaii, serving simple seafood dishes, proper cocktails and good local beer.

If you had to eat the same meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tonkotsu ramen.

What do you keep on your bedside table?
Deodorant, loose change, and a stack of unopened mail.

When is the last time you had a McDonald’s or similar fast food?
Just last week, actually, one of the chefs I was working with went on a Maccy D’s run and I had a Big Mac. I hadn’t had one sober in ages. Not bad.

What is your career Plan B?
There is no plan B, just a long list of plan As. There is too much I want to do in life as is. If I fail at one thing I’ll just move on to the next.

What’s your favourite thing to cook at home?
Fried rice is always good and easy. I also make a mean beans on toast.

Is there any food you can’t stand to eat?
Not really, though I struggle with durian. That said, I am developing a honey and ginger caramel swirl durian ice cream for Malaysia Kitchen which I must say is pretty damn tasty.

Do you have any reoccurring dreams?
No, I just have extremely literal dreams.

Who would be your ideal dinner date?
A wealthy, eccentric yakuza kingpin who wants to back my restaurant.

What is the one object you can’t do without?
This is a really yuppie thing to say, but my iPhone. Without it I’d be screwed.

Catch Tim at the FREEMalaysia Night event, Trafalgar Square, Friday 23 September 2011

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Portrait by Paul Winch-Furness Photographer | © 2011.
Photographed at Bob Bob Ricard