HARRY EDMEADES - SENOR CEVICHE

TTF Interviews - HARRY EDMEADES - SENOR CEVICHE

19-November-2014

Harry Edmeades, Founder of Senor Ceviche

Founder and owner of high-flying Peruvian restaurant, Senor Ceviche, answers our interview questions. 

 

What inspired you to Open your own restaurant - when was your 'Eureka' moment? 

I’ve always wanted to set up a food & drink concept. There was no one doing a Peruvian pop-up at the time, so I launched Señor Ceviche and kept it pretty simple, serving up super fresh ceviches, a couple of Peruvian barbecue dishes and of course, banging pisco sours. Apart from serving great food, we also wanted to create an experience, making the pop-ups, fun, accessible and different. We did by focusing on unique design, South American playlists, live bands and DJ’s. Based on the success of the pop-ups, we started hunting for a permanent home, and after 6 months of searching (and a lot of market research and business planning!), we opened the doors to our Soho casa in October.

 

What was your very first job? 

Pulling pints!

 

If you could only cook with 3 ingredients for the rest of your life which would they be? 

Ribeye, salt, butter

 

What's your favourite cuisine and what drink would you have with it?

After Peruvian…Japanese

 

Senor Ceviche's first pop-up at Chelsea's Imperial Arms. Tonnes of friendly faces, copious Pisco and a sign of good things to come.

 

 

Which ingredients do you have a love/hate relationship with and why? 

Beetroot. Hate them raw, love them roasted.

Horseradish – no love, just hate

 

Which Chef inspires you the most?

I love what Gazton Acurio and Rafael Osterling have done for Peruvian food. A lot of Señor Ceviche was inspired from when I was in Peru last year, and even managed to squeeze in a week at El Mercado, one of Rafael’s restaurants, to hone my ceviche skills.

 

What would be your last supper and who would cook it?

Robata scallops at Zuma – a few plates of them

 

If you had not opened a restaurant, what would you have done? 

Probably would’ve been selling something

 

Senor Ceviche at Doodle Bar, Battersea. A superb atmosphere, great music and a chance for them to sample a restaurant-like vibe

 

 

Tell us a secret?

Señor Ceviche is a Chelsea fan. Ssshhh.

 

Favourite junk food/ guilty pleasure? 

Mixed sharwama from Maroush

 

What irritates you most about the industry? 

Unreliable people. It took a while to get the right people for Señor Ceviche.

 

Senor Ceviche at Dukebox (now Beaver Lodge), Fulham. Great music, superb cocktails and a party into the early hours. 

 

 

Tell us about the most difficult customer you have ever dealt with?

Haven’t had them in….yet!

 

Who would be in your fantasy kitchen team? 

Head Chef – Rick Stein

Sous chef – Keith Floyd

Maitre’D  - James Corden

 

What dish would win over your heart?

A Sunday roast

 

 

MORE ON SENOR CEVICHE

 

Read our review of Senor Ceviche

 

Check out our venue page of Senor Ceviche

Written by Lateef Okunnu


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