Meet the guys who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the famous dishes we all know and love. Our team of talented chefs come from all different walks of life and have an impressive skillset from a number of different cultures and cuisines, which we are lucky enough to have under one roof.
HEAD CHEF – Josh
With seven years of industry experience, Head Chef Josh combines his culinary expertise and his passion for local produce to present a unique offering at The Hook. His enthusiasm for all things fresh can be seen across the board in the ever-changing menu and specials, led and formulated by him.
All time favourite dish: A proper chicken kebab
Favourite cuisine: French
Your cooking role model: Tommy Banks
JUNIOR SOUS CHEF – Rob
Cooking since the age of four and working in the kitchen from 16 years old whilst pursuing other career ventures, Rob is our much-valued Junior Sous Chef. Growing up around home cooking, Rob is passionate about foraging and incorporating local produce within his dishes, favouring a twist of European inspiration. He even has plans to convert the plant area behind the second floor bar into a fresh herb garden.
All time favourite dish: Apple strudel
Favourite cuisine: Contemporary British / European
Your cooking role model: Daniel Clifford
RAMEN CHEF – Piotr
Pasta enthusiast and ramen pro Piotr may have started cooking a little later than the rest of the team, but with 15 years’ experience under his belt and extensive knowledge of the industry it’s safe to say he knows what he’s doing! You can look forward to tasting his infamous ramen in The Hook’s next project… watch this space.
All time favourite dish: Pasta
Favourite cuisine: Japanese
COMMIS CHEF – Alex
Making his cooking debut in 2015, Commis chef Alex joined The Hook’s kitchen team a little under a year ago after moving to Guernsey. Alex fell into a cooking role in his home town in Greece, he brings a passion for simplicity to the kitchen and regularly incorporates his taste for Greek cuisine in his day-to-day kitchen responsibilities. He works closely on starters and desserts, so you have Alex to thank if you’ve tried our famous crab donuts, chorizo scotch egg or miso blondie.
All time favourite dish: Souvlaki
Favourite cuisine: Greek (of course!)
Your cooking role model: Any one of his mentors
KITCHEN ASSISTANT – Tyler
Tyler started his first job at The Hook as a part-timer two years ago, and has learnt the ropes of almost every kitchen section since. He is still expanding his skillset and exploring his specialities. Having seen how a restaurant is run and building a good understanding of what goes on behind the scenes, we have no doubt Tyler will succeed in his future cooking endeavours!
All time favourite dish: Steak
Favourite cuisine: Top 5 – Italian, Mexican, Thai, Indian, Japanese
Your cooking role model: Chef Gordon Ramsey
600g Dark Chocolate
400g Coconut Milk
400g Almond Flour
45g Cocoa Powder
40g Maple Syrup
100g Coconut Oil
100g Maple Syrup
200g Soya Cream
30g Maldon Salt
1) Roast the hazelnuts at 180c 15 – 20 minutes until dark brown and leave to cool.
2) Mix the almond flour, cocoa powder, maple syrup and coconut oil until it comes
together to form a dough. Spread the mixture into a 12inch tart case and press
against the bottom and side evenly. Chill in the fridge until solid.
3) Gently warm the coconut milk in a large saucepan until near boiling. Remove from
the hear and add the dark chocolate. Stir until one consistency.
4) Add the roasted hazelnuts to the chocolate mix and stir. Pour the mixture into the
set tart case and shake edges to flatten. Place in fridge to set for one hour.
5) Once set, lightly blowtorch the tart case to warm and loosen the tart. Remove from
case and portion into 16.
1) Brush the sides of a medium saucepan with water and add the sugar and glucose.
Gently heat to a dark caramel.
2) Remove from the heat and add the maple syrup followed by the soya cream and
3) Add Maldon salt or any other sea salt to finish.
The Hook has hosted another successful tasting event with a full house of happy customers. The event was held on 18th May and was designed to showcase local produce, complemented by a selection of Spanish and Italian wines.
After working closely with Grow Ltd and a local lamb famer, the tasting event team strived to feature as much locally grown vegetables and produce as possible. There was a lot of trial and error involved for head chef Josh and junior sous chef Rob, experimenting up to seven times on some dishes on the six-course tasting menu.
‘There were some really interesting and sharp flavours on the menu,’ said head chef Josh. ‘There was a heavy focus on dry aged Guernsey lamb, accompanied by local veg. Prime cuts of meat and variations of rhubarb were also featured alongside some bold flavour pairings that you’ve probably never seen before’.
Junior sous chef Rob said it was great to have creative freedom to create the menu alongside Josh.
‘We love a challenge and tried to incorporate rhubarb in both sweet and savoury tasting dishes. The amuse bouche of pork cheek, rhubarb, shallot, and onion broth went down well; and although a bit daring, the rhubarb tart with smoked beet sorbet and sorrel gel was a hit.’
Owner Sam Jarrold thanked customers for their positive feedback.
‘It was great to see so many familiar faces from previous tasting events and putting this Sprint tasting event on was a pleasure throughout,’ he said.
The Hook’s twist on local produce enjoyed with fine wine was a sell out, and regular customers can look forward to seeing more of these events in months to come.
It’s no secret that having a passion for wine is on the job description for all staff at The Hook! To commemorate World Malbec Day, we review our wine offering and explore some of our bestsellers.
World Malbec Day is celebrated each year on April 17th to symbolise the transformation of the Argentinian wine industry and celebrate the now emblem for Argentina. Originating in Cahors, in south western France, they are known as ‘Côt’. A French agronomist introduced Malbec to Argentina in 1853, in the hope that the French grape ‘Malbec’ would adapt to the soil. Fast forward 168 years and more than 75% of Malbec grapes are now grown in Argentina, with its best variations growing there.
Malbec has become a global favourite, particularly emerging in the last 20 years. It’s a great go-to for those who haven’t found their favourite as it’s versatile, packed full of flavour yet has a certain subtlety to it, making it suitable for all occasions and palates.
As we see the standard of Malbec in France rise as they try to play catch up, we’ve taken a look at some of our bestselling wine. Undoubtedly a bottle of Malbec Argentino, Felino from Mendoza is our most popular. Felino, like many other Malbec Argentinos, has aromas of red fruit, plums & cherries, notes of violet & spices with oak ageing of chocolate and tobacco flavours. We also offer a nice variety of Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec blends.
A personal favourite at The Hook is the Nicassia, from Catena Zapata. It’s big and bold with dark cherry flavours and a good hint of vanilla from the oak. Look out for this one at The Wine Alley, it costs £50 and regularly scores 92+ points from critics!
Due to its success, Malbec is now used to produce different styles of wine; white, rosé, sparkling and sweet are now available, meaning there is a Malbec for every dish and occasion. However, we thoroughly recommend pairing Malbec with good quality red meat that has a decent fat content. The acidity cuts through the fat and the flavours of the wine make a perfect marriage.
If you’d like to learn (and drink) a little more about wine, we offer wine tasting packages at The Hook which can be booked via [email protected]
We’re back with another delicious recipe that feeds the family, is quick to make and is mouth wateringly good. These addictingly sweet pork chops pack all the flavours of a classic Asian dish and are ready in just 30 minutes. Complimented by a kimchi coleslaw, this dish is rich in umami and will undoubtedly become a family favourite.
We paired this dish with a lovely biodynamic Nero di Troia from Puglia available from the Wine Alley for £9. It’s a rich wine of dark plum flavours with spices, perfect with the little heat in the bbq sauce.
Our head chef, Josh Brook, talks through the recipe on Eliza Philippidis’ BBC Radio Guernsey show, and you can listen along at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p094bsz3 starting at 2hrs 20mins.
Asian Pork Chop with Kimchi Coleslaw
Pork Chops 4
Chinese Cabbage ½
Fresh Coriander 20g
Sesame Seed Oil 3tbsp
BBQ Sauce 175g
Orange (Zest/Juice) 1
Soy Sauce 100g
Garlic Cloves 2
Spring Onion 1
We know that by now some of our regular customers are missing the talents of our kitchen. Whilst the venue may be different, we are hopeful to offer our customers a weekly recipe you can make in the comfort of your home and have a small taste of luxury during this unsettling lockdown.
You can catch our head chef, Josh Brook, every Wednesday with Eliza Philippidis on BBC Radio Guernsey to talk through some of our favourite recipes with household ingredients. This week’s recipe was a roast sea bass, Greek vegetable & toasted pitta which you can follow along at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p093pkmr starting at 2hr21mins.
Our paired wine for this dish will be an Assyrtiko, Greek white available from The Wine Alley at £18 a bottle. It’s a citrusy wine, with good acidity to cut through the fish oils in the dish and has a lovely saline note to it. The perfect match for a Greek bass!
If you’re shielding or isolating, The Wine Alley are offering curb-side pickups or deliveries. Call them on 01481726747
Roast Sea Bass, Greek Vegetables & Toasted Pitta
Whole Sea Bass 700g
Cherry Tomatoes 50g
Red Onion 100g
Red Sweet Pepper 100g
Garlic Cloves 4
Rosemary 2 springs
Balsamic Vinegar 50ml
Fish Sauce 1 tbsp
Pitta Breads 4
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Flaked Sea Salt
Cracked Black Pepper
Stuck with the job of being designated driver this Christmas? Whilst there are plenty of advantages, The Hook is about to give our alcohol-free customers another incentive to stay sober.
We have partnered with the Health Improvement Commission to support the ‘It’s a small island – don’t drink and drive’ campaign and ‘Count 14’, encouraging islanders to stick to the low-risk drinking guidelines and quite literally count 14 units, remembering to spread them over 3 or more days during a week. With more than a third of Guernsey respondents admitting they drink more than the recommended amount; we saw no better time than now to launch our new mocktail menu.
With Christmas around the corner, giddiness for a drink (or two) can sometimes get the best of us. With our newly launched mocktails you won’t have to worry about having one too many. They have been specially designed by our skilled bartenders to taste like alcohol without suffering a hangover (they sound more like magic potions to us!)
We want to make The Hook an inviting place for all customers, whether you drink or not, we offer an array of alcohol-free spirits and drinks – from Seedlip to alcohol-free beer, you won’t have to worry about missing out.
Whilst Christmas can be seen as a time to over-drink, over-eat and generally overindulge, we want the wellbeing of our customers to remain paramount. So, with health and moderation in mind, we teamed up with K-tea, a well-known locally brewed Kombucha business, to offer rich flavours in our cocktails with a twist.
K-tea was founded in 2016 and is a healthy alternative to fizzy drinks. With detoxifying and energising properties, ethically sourced whole leaf tea and botanicals are fermented with raw cane sugar to create a delicious drink with a host of benefits.
Carefully mixed with other ingredients, we have created a mocktail menu that you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you need a quick break in between your next glass of wine, a day off or are entirely alcohol-free, everyone is free to enjoy one of our delicious concoctions at The Hook.