Up close with Chef Colin Fleming of Printing Press Bar & Kitchen
Colin Fleming, head chef at Printing Press Bar & Kitchen on Edinburgh’s George Street, prides himself on creating seasonal dishes using fresh Scottish produce. In fact, he’s just launched a brand new menu showcasing the best local flavours with a distinctly autumnal feel. We quiz Colin on his ultimate comfort food and his meal from hell.
What makes Scotland such a great place to source ingredients?
The climate in Scotland helps to create strong flavourful produce – it provides just the right mix of temperate weather and rain. We are also very lucky in Scotland to have an array of local producers who really care for their stock/produce which is reflected in the flavour.
What’s your favourite dish on the Printing Press menu and why?
It’s hard to choose as I have created a menu full of my favourite eats, however if I had to pick I would go for the crispy duck egg because of the richness of the dish - it’s a taste like no other.
What’s your ultimate comfort food?
Sometimes you can’t beat some tasty old favourites. It would have to be beans on toast with melted cheese drenched in Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce.
What’s your meal from hell?
I love so many different flavours so it would be difficult to identify a meal from hell, however a poorly cooked or un-seasoned dish is incredibly disappointing.
What's the most stressful dinner you've ever cooked?
A chef should never blame his tools, however the most stressful time in a kitchen is when the equipment breaks down and very often it all happens at once!
If you weren’t a chef, what alternative job do you think you’d do?
As a chef I like to work with my hands and create something beautiful – if I weren’t a chef I would probably like to use similar skills so perhaps work outdoors, landscaping or something along those lines.
If you could invite five famous people, living or dead, to a dinner party who would they be and why?
My top five would be Alex Ferguson as I am a big Manchester United fan; Bob Dylan for his superb music; Frankie Boyle for a laugh; J.R from Dallas to find out who shot him and finally Kim Kardashian to ask her what it is she does!
Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, 21-25 George St, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB, Tel: 0131 240 7177, www.printingpressedinburgh.co.uk